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Children accounted for about 45 percent of SNAP participants in 2012

In addition to SNAP’s tremendous growth, the composition of the SNAP caseload has shifted somewhat between children and nonelderly adults. In fiscal 2012, children represented 44.5 percent of all SNAP participants, down from 49.2 percent in 2006, while adults age 18-59 accounted for 46.4 percent of participants in 2012 and 42.1 percent in 2006. Elderly participants’ share of the SNAP caseload was relatively stable over the period at 9.0 percent in 2012 and 8.7 percent in 2006.

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Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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