The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the cornerstone of the Nation’s nutrition assistance safety net. Benefits are available to most people who meet the financial and nonfinancial requirements, and the program serves a broad spectrum of low income people. In Fiscal Year 2013, SNAP provided about $3.4 billion dollars in food benefits to a monthly average of 2,040,053 people in Illinois. The program served 92 percent of those eligible for benefits in Illinois in 2012. SNAP also has an economic multiplier effect; every dollar in new SNAP benefits results in $1.80 in total economic activity.
The American Community Survey provides a snapshot of SNAP participants in 2011‐2013 for each Congressional District. More detailed information for the Nation and each State is presented in Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2013, available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/research-and-analysis.
Click on your congressional district for information on characteristics of SNAP households.