Trump-Voting States Most Utilize SNAP (Food Stamps)

11.18.2016

For Immediate Release:                                         

November 18, 2016                                                       

New Data:

 

Trump-Voting States Most Utilize SNAP (Food Stamps);

 

Advocates Call on Trump to Oppose Ryan Cuts

New data analyzed by Hunger Free America, a national advocacy group, shows that, out of the 10 states with the highest percentage of their populations receiving federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits - formerly known as food stamps – fully eight voted for Trump in the last election. Most of the states with the highest SNAP utilization levels are in the South.

In response, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America said: “Disproving the stereotype that SNAP recipients are all in ‘inner cities’ or blue states, this analysis demonstrates that large numbers of Americans who rely upon federal nutrition assistance live in rural, mostly-white, areas. Plainly put, many SNAP recipients are President-elect Trump’s people. With 44 million Americans –living in suburban, rural, and urban areas of every state – relying on SNAP, the ‘they’ is really ‘us.’ America can only be truly great if it feeds all its own residents, which is why we hope that President-elect Trump commits to ending U.S. hunger by creating jobs, raising wages, and bolstering the federal food safety net. At a bare minimum, we hope President-elect Trump pledges to stop Speaker Paul Ryan’s misguided plans to again slash food aid to vulnerable Americans to pay for more tax cuts for the mega-rich.”

2015 State Populations V SNAP (food stamps) Participation 

2015 State Populations V SNAP (food stamps) Participation 

STATE

POPULATION

SNAP PARTICIPATION

% OF POPULATION RECEIVING SNAP

.New Mexico

2,085,109

460,819

22%

.Mississippi

2,992,333

629,081

21%

.West Virginia

1,844,128

362,549

20%

.Oregon

4,028,977

767,181

19%

.Louisiana

4,670,724

871,708

19%

Alabama

4,858,979

883,258

18%

.Tennessee

6,600,299

1,191,281

18%

.Florida

20,271,272

3,653,696

18%

.Georgia

10,214,860

1,787,148

17%

.Kentucky

4,425,092

737,149

17%

.Rhode Island

1,056,298

173,977

16%

.North Carolina

10,042,802

1,643,059

16%

.South Carolina

4,896,146

799,056

16%

.Illinois

12,859,995

2,013,711

16%

.Oklahoma

3,911,338

608,832

16%

.Delaware

945,934

146,933

16%

.Michigan

9,922,576

1,538,126

16%

.Arkansas

2,978,204

458,309

15%

.New York

19,795,791

3,001,608

15%

.Nevada

2,890,845

435,785

15%

.Maine

1,329,328

196,771

15%

.Washington

7,170,351

1,047,512

15%

.Arizona

6,828,065

992,876

15%

.Pennsylvania

12,802,503

1,858,713

15%

.Ohio

11,613,423

1,638,850

14%

.Missouri

6,083,672

846,970

14%

.Texas

27,469,114

3,742,946

14%

.Wisconsin

5,771,337

775,302

13%

.Vermont

626,042

82,340

13%

.Maryland

6,006,401

781,497

13%

.Hawaii

1,431,603

183,649

13%

.Iowa

3,123,899

384,595

12%

.Connecticut

3,590,886

440,074

12%

.Indiana

6,619,680

808,064

12%

.Idaho

1,654,930

191,295

12%

.Massachusetts

6,794,422

784,678

12%

.South Dakota

858,469

98,067

11%

.Alaska

738,432

83,988

11%

.California

39,144,818

4,441,949

11%

.Montana

1,032,949

115,139

11%

.Virginia

8,382,993

850,011

10%

.New Jersey

8,958,013

906,370

10%

.Nebraska

1,896,190

176,663

9%

.Kansas

2,911,641

269,842

9%

.Colorado

5,456,574

488,427

9%

.Minnesota

5,489,594

487,815

9%

.New Hampshire

1,330,608

103,531

8%

.Utah

2,995,919

222,482

7%

.North Dakota

756,927

52,980

7%

.Wyoming

586,107

31,714

5%

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