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16.9% Increase in Wisconsin Residents Receiving SNAP

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For all the states in the analysis, the number of people taking part in SNAP rose by 14% in September 2019 vs. September 2020.

Wisconsin residents receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) numbered 710,412 in September of 2020, a 16.9% increase over the number taking part in September 2019, according to newly released data.

Wisconsin Right Now has learned that the number of Wisconsin residents receiving SNAP in September 2019 was 607,844, according to the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. The data from August and September of 2020 is preliminary and subject to change, the agency said.

For all the states and territories in the analysis, the number of people taking part in SNAP rose by 14% in the September 2019 vs. September 2020 comparison – numbers that contrast participation rates before and after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Which States Saw the Biggest Jumps in SNAP Participation?

State / Territory September 2019 August 2020 (Preliminary) September 2020 (Initial) % Change for September 2020 vs. September 2019 Rank Based on % Change (Highest to Lowest)
Florida 2,755,509 3,834,528 3,886,747 41.1% 1
Georgia 1,372,965 1,839,348 1,874,541 36.5% 2
Maryland 612,399 833,691 795,255 29.9% 3
Louisiana 798,536 858,903 1,012,935 26.8% 4
Iowa 309,126 302,232 376,876 21.9% 5
Kentucky 506,778 606,216 616,169 21.6% 6
Colorado 438,326 534,175 523,098 19.3% 7
Texas 3,346,851 3,900,408 3,962,503 18.4% 8
District of Columbia 111,402 129,186 131,844 18.3% 9
Washington 804,663 956,647 951,090 18.2% 10
Wisconsin 607,844 704,821 710,412 16.9% 11
Virgin Islands 21,623 24,957 25,235 16.7% 12
Hawaii 155,293 177,083 179,205 15.4% 13
North Carolina 1,262,554 1,456,891 1,452,360 15.0% 14
Massachusetts 764,203 868,410 877,118 14.8% 15
Oregon 586,111 701,881 670,776 14.4% 16
California 4,004,917 4,519,289 4,537,280 13.3% 17
Minnesota 400,877 444,664 451,755 12.7% 18
Wyoming 24,928 28,572 28,072 12.6% 19
Indiana 574,304 637,154 646,193 12.5% 20
Nevada 421,015 468,945 470,857 11.8% 21
Arkansas 351,199 398,219 391,984 11.6% 22
New Jersey 682,918 741,832 761,384 11.5% 23
Virginia 698,350 782,261 778,370 11.5% 24
Missouri 678,716 771,906 752,531 10.9% 25
New Mexico 450,410 493,689 491,512 9.1% 26
Oklahoma 578,189 625,551 626,298 8.3% 27
Arizona 798,130 915,512 860,912 7.9% 28
New York 2,586,186 2,756,187 2,789,533 7.9% 29
Illinois 1,770,574 1,854,047 1,904,524 7.6% 30
Michigan 1,147,972 1,195,967 1,223,611 6.6% 31
Pennsylvania 1,744,769 1,826,611 1,852,391 6.2% 32
Alabama 719,827 751,129 756,314 5.1% 33
South Carolina 586,163 617,334 614,905 4.9% 34
Guam 43,773 46,286 45,615 4.2% 35
Kansas 198,285 207,124 205,451 3.6% 36
Delaware 122,139 120,609 126,197 3.3% 37
Connecticut 364,474 380,909 375,825 3.1% 38
Vermont 67,209 67,728 68,416 1.8% 39
Ohio 1,381,245 1,399,895 1,401,212 1.4% 40
Maine 155,648 161,975 157,300 1.1% 41
Alaska 85,147 88,597 86,007 1.0% 42
West Virginia 307,638 301,459 305,262 -0.8% 43
South Dakota 79,186 78,149 78,491 -0.9% 44
Tennessee 876,772 855,072 865,381 -1.3% 45
Idaho 142,105 143,926 139,833 -1.6% 46
Nebraska 156,439 153,128 153,996 -1.6% 47
Utah 165,162 176,700 161,348 -2.3% 48
North Dakota 48,070 44,731 46,731 -2.8% 49
New Hampshire 73,506 69,573 69,787 -5.1% 50
Rhode Island 147,857 142,035 137,892 -6.7% 51
Mississippi 443,382 399,561 411,965 -7.1% 52
Montana 106,053 85,636 96,042 -9.4% 53
TOTAL 37,637,717 42,481,339 42,917,341 14.0%

Source: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

What is SNAP?


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal nutrition assistance program. SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. This card can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores.

Wisconsin Residents Receiving SNAP Eligibility


Wisconsin residents receiving SNAP must live in Wisconsin and meet bank balance limits. A household with an elderly (over 60) or disabled household member may have a higher bank balance limit.

Visit SNAP’s eligibility page to find out more about eligibility requirements and how benefits are computed.

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