Who is Leaving the Food Stamp Program? An Analysis of Caseload Changes from 1994 to 1997

Last Published: 08/16/2016

The number of people receiving food stamps fell by over 5.9 million between summer 1994 and summer 1997, with most of the decline occurring in the year between September 1996 and September 1997. This decline occurred during a period of strong economic growth – unemployment fell, inflation stayed low, and the percentage of Americans living in poverty fell slightly. In the same period, Congress enacted and States implemented sweeping reforms to the Food Stamp Program (FSP) and to the nation’s welfare programs.

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