Number of SNAP/FSP households by household composition, fiscal 1989-2009
The recession of 2008-09 is associated with particularly steep increases in both the numbers of SNAP households with children and those with no children, elderly, or disabled individuals
Thousands

Line graph with 4 lines and 21 points per line.

Line 1, Elderly.
Point 1, 1989 is 1393.
Point 2, 1990 is 1414.
Point 3, 1991 is 1462.
Point 4, 1992 is 1549.
Point 5, 1993 is 1673.
Point 6, 1994 is 1752.
Point 7, 1995 is 1741.
Point 8, 1996 is 1709.
Point 9, 1997 is 1667.
Point 10, 1998 is 1500.
Point 11, 1999 is 1543.
Point 12, 2000 is 1542.
Point 13, 2001 is 1520.
Point 14, 2002 is 1534.
Point 15, 2003 is 1615.
Point 16, 2004 is 1742.
Point 17, 2005 is 1856.
Point 18, 2006 is 2025.
Point 19, 2007 is 2065.
Point 20, 2008 is 2312.
Point 21, 2009 is 2480.
Line 2, Children.
Point 1, 1989 is 4359.
Point 2, 1990 is 4710.
Point 3, 1991 is 5353.
Point 4, 1992 is 6257.
Point 5, 1993 is 6701.
Point 6, 1994 is 6777.
Point 7, 1995 is 6497.
Point 8, 1996 is 6278.
Point 9, 1997 is 5508.
Point 10, 1998 is 4806.
Point 11, 1999 is 4275.
Point 12, 2000 is 3955.
Point 13, 2001 is 3993.
Point 14, 2002 is 4437.
Point 15, 2003 is 4907.
Point 16, 2004 is 5468.
Point 17, 2005 is 5839.
Point 18, 2006 is 5906.
Point 19, 2007 is 5927.
Point 20, 2008 is 6342.
Point 21, 2009 is 7474.
Line 3, Disabled.
Point 1, 1989 is 657.
Point 2, 1990 is 695.
Point 3, 1991 is 798.
Point 4, 1992 is 956.
Point 5, 1993 is 1155.
Point 6, 1994 is 1386.
Point 7, 1995 is 2057.
Point 8, 1996 is 2132.
Point 9, 1997 is 2108.
Point 10, 1998 is 2015.
Point 11, 1999 is 2031.
Point 12, 2000 is 2017.
Point 13, 2001 is 2064.
Point 14, 2002 is 2214.
Point 15, 2003 is 2090.
Point 16, 2004 is 2306.
Point 17, 2005 is 2507.
Point 18, 2006 is 2614.
Point 19, 2007 is 2767.
Point 20, 2008 is 2821.
Point 21, 2009 is 3172.
Line 4, All other households.
Point 1, 1989 is No data.
Point 2, 1990 is No data.
Point 3, 1991 is No data.
Point 4, 1992 is No data.
Point 5, 1993 is No data.
Point 6, 1994 is No data.
Point 7, 1995 is No data.
Point 8, 1996 is No data.
Point 9, 1997 is 1307.
Point 10, 1998 is 980.
Point 11, 1999 is 861.
Point 12, 2000 is 837.
Point 13, 2001 is 898.
Point 14, 2002 is 1089.
Point 15, 2003 is 1290.
Point 16, 2004 is 1564.
Point 17, 2005 is 1722.
Point 18, 2006 is 1827.
Point 19, 2007 is 1918.
Point 20, 2008 is 2164.
Point 21, 2009 is 3083.

Note: Households may belong to more than one category. Source: Prepared by ERS using annually tabulated results from program quality control samples. See the series, "Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households." Data as of October 2010.