U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Program Participation Patterns Among Persons with Disabilities
Pat Doyle, Esther Miller and Jim Sears
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
May 10, 1990
PDF Version: http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/1990/task3.pdf (87 PDF pages)
The Food Stamp Program (FSP), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, is the largest food assistance program in the country, reaching more poor individuals over the course of a year than any other public assistance program. Unlike many other public assistance programs, FSP has few categorical requi
1 Data were gathered in August in the years 1980-84 and during the summer in the years from 1986 to 1994. Reports from 1995 to the present are based on fiscal year averages.
Total Federal Cost (Benefits + Administration)
Benefits 2 (Federal) [In millions]
Total Program Cost [In millions]
Average Monthly Benefit per Person
Current Dollars [In millions]
Food Stamp Participants 1
Participants as a Percent of:
Child Participants As a Percent of:
Including 2 Territories (in thousands)
Excluding Territories (in thousands)
Children Excld. Terr. (in thousands)
Total Population 3
All Poor Persons 3
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, is the largest food assistance program in the country, reaching more poor individuals over the course of a year than any other public assistance program. Unlike many other public assistance programs, the Food Stamp Program has few cate
The Welfare Indicators Act specifies that the annual welfare indicators reports shall include analyses of families and individuals receiving assistance under three means-tested benefit programs: the program of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (replaced with the Temporary Assistance
Household food insecurity, including (at a severe level) direct hunger among children in the household, is related to general income poverty and is expected to affect children’s health, cognitive and social development, and general school success.
Figure ECON 9. Percentage of Households Classified as Food Insecure, 1995
Not all eligible households participate in means-tested programs. This indicator reflects “take up rates” – the number of families that actually participate in the program as a percent of those who are eligible.
Figure IND 10a. AFDC Caseload versus Number of Eligible Families: Number of Cases & Percentage of Total Eligibles
The rate of receipt reflects an important aspect of dependence by measuring the extent to which various population subgroups rely on the major means-tested programs.
Figure IND 9a. AFDC Recipients as a Percent of the Population
Figure A-5. Characteristics of Food Stamp Recipients
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Analysis, Nutrition, and Evaluation, Characteristics of Food Stamp Households: Fiscal Year 1998 (Advance Report) and earlier years.