Analysis: Residents receiving food stamps in May down 8.2% from last year

About 590,201 South Carolina residents were on food stamp rolls in May 2019, a decrease of 8.2 percent from the same month last year, according to data obtained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA manages the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the official name of the food stamp program. Public assistance offices within each state handle the actual running of the SNAP program locally.

Benefit eligibility is based on household income, and a USDA estimate of how much it costs to buy and prepare low-cost healthy meals.

The latest available data from the USDA shows that 35,907,656 people across the United States were receiving SNAP benefits in May 2019, or 6.5 percent less than last year at the same time.

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