Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Food Stamp Data: March 2009

CDSS has been releasing its reports on an irregular timeframe, so here is the March 2009 food stamp data (pdf):

I smoothed the annual population change data I was using, so you might notice a slight change. Also, to answer Sippn's question, there haven't been any changes to California food stamp eligibility requirements since 1998, as far as I can tell. The 2002 US Farm Bill added eligibility for immigrant children and "other qualified immigrants," but it was only expected to add 400,000 new recipients nationwide. As an FYI, non-resident recipients in California only account for 12% of the total, according to USDA and CPFA (pdf):

Even if California has 3X the percentage of immigrants receiving food stamps as the rest of the country, and 12% of the US population, the 2002 Farm Bill would only have only added 144,000 new California recipients by 2003. While this could very well account for the 2002-2004 spike, it's nothing compared to the increase we're seeing now. Between March 2008 and March 2009, there were over 430,000 new food stamp recipients in the state.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Wow. 15% of the population on food stamps. Its like having an extra set of kids at home.