Figure SNAP 1. Persons Receiving Food Stamps/SNAP: 1962–2011
Note: Total persons includes participants receiving assistance in Guam and the Virgin Islands. Shaded areas are periods of recession as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, published online at www.fns.usda.gov/system/files/2011Characteristics.pdf and unpublished data from the Food Stamps National Data Bank.