Source: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Food Stamp Program Quality Control samples, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, as presented in annual "Characteristics" reports.

Data as of September 2011.

Distribution of SNAP/FSP participants by age and year
Children make up about half of all program participants
Percent

Stacked Bar chart with 5 groups and 5 items per group.

Group 1, FY 2006, Total value of 100.
Item 1, Elderly (60 or older) value of 8.7 which is 8.7% of FY 2006.
Item 2, 36-59 years value of 20.3 which is 20.3% of FY 2006.
Item 3, 18-35 years value of 21.7 which is 21.7% of FY 2006.
Item 4, 5-17 years value of 32.7 which is 32.7% of FY 2006.
Item 5, Younger than 5 years value of 16.6 which is 16.6% of FY 2006.
Group 2, FY 2007, Total value of 100.
Item 1, Elderly (60 or older) value of 8.7 which is 8.7% of FY 2007.
Item 2, 36-59 years value of 20.7 which is 20.7% of FY 2007.
Item 3, 18-35 years value of 21.5 which is 21.5% of FY 2007.
Item 4, 5-17 years value of 32.3 which is 32.3% of FY 2007.
Item 5, Younger than 5 years value of 16.8 which is 16.8% of FY 2007.
Group 3, FY 2008, Total value of 100.1.
Item 1, Elderly (60 or older) value of 9.1 which is 9.1% of FY 2008.
Item 2, 36-59 years value of 20.4 which is 20.4% of FY 2008.
Item 3, 18-35 years value of 22 which is 22.0% of FY 2008.
Item 4, 5-17 years value of 31.8 which is 31.8% of FY 2008.
Item 5, Younger than 5 years value of 16.8 which is 16.8% of FY 2008.
Group 4, FY 2009, Total value of 100.
Item 1, Elderly (60 or older) value of 8.3 which is 8.3% of FY 2009.
Item 2, 36-59 years value of 21.4 which is 21.4% of FY 2009.
Item 3, 18-35 years value of 22.8 which is 22.8% of FY 2009.
Item 4, 5-17 years value of 31.1 which is 31.1% of FY 2009.
Item 5, Younger than 5 years value of 16.4 which is 16.4% of FY 2009.
Group 5, FY 2010, Total value of 100.
Item 1, Elderly (60 or older) value of 7.8 which is 7.8% of FY 2010.
Item 2, 36-59 years value of 21.9 which is 21.9% of FY 2010.
Item 3, 18-35 years value of 23.7 which is 23.7% of FY 2010.
Item 4, 5-17 years value of 30.7 which is 30.7% of FY 2010.
Item 5, Younger than 5 years value of 15.9 which is 15.9% of FY 2010.