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Characteristics of Food Stamp Households: Fiscal Year 1997

Last Published: 10/29/2013
Monday, February 1, 1999

On average, about 22.9 million people living in 9.5 million households received food stamps in the United States each month in fiscal year 1997. Food stamp households are a diverse group. Because food stamps are available to most low-income households with few resources, regardless of age, disability status, or family structure, recipients represent a broad cross-section of the nation's poor.

Participation Characteristics