20 Percent of US Children on Food Stamps


One in five children, or 21.7 percent, received food stamps in 2014, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday – more than at the beginning of the 2007 recession.

“The number of children receiving food stamps remains higher than it was before the start of the Great Recession in 2007,” reports the Census Bureau. “The rate of children living with married parents who receive food stamps has doubled since 2007. In 2014, an estimated 16 million children, or about one in five, received food stamp assistance compared with the roughly 9 million children, or one in eight, that received this form of assistance prior to the recession.”

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