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On average, about 17.3 million people living in 7.5 million households received food stamps in the United States each month in FY 2001. 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. This report provides summary information about the demographic and economic circumstances of food stamp households. Annual quality control data used to produce this report can be found using the link below.