Participants

SNAP/FSP participants and eligible people, 1994-2008
The number of program participants has been increase since fiscal 2000
Thousands (people)

Line graph with 2 lines and 15 points per line.

Line 1, Eligible individuals.
Point 1, Sept 1994 is 35053.
Point 2, Sept 1995 is 34665.
Point 3, Sept 1996 is 34478.
Point 4, Sept 1997 is 31818.
Point 5, Sept 1998 is 30350.
Point 6, FY 1999 is 30857.
Point 7, FY 2000 is 29458.
Point 8, FY 2001 is 31223.
Point 9, FY 2002 is 34388.
Point 10, FY 2003 is 36707.
Point 11, FY 2004 is 37921.
Point 12, FY 2005 is 37951.
Point 13, FY 2006 is 37418.
Point 14, FY 2007 is 38922.
Point 15, FY 2008 is 41055.
Line 2, Participants.
Point 1, Sept 1994 is 26229.
Point 2, Sept 1995 is 25213.
Point 3, Sept 1996 is 23874.
Point 4, Sept 1997 is 20365.
Point 5, Sept 1998 is 18152.
Point 6, FY 1999 is 17705.
Point 7, FY 2000 is 16701.
Point 8, FY 2001 is 16834.
Point 9, FY 2002 is 18500.
Point 10, FY 2003 is 20591.
Point 11, FY 2004 is 23153.
Point 12, FY 2005 is 24571.
Point 13, FY 2006 is 25166.
Point 14, FY 2007 is 25611.
Point 15, FY 2008 is 27411.

Eligible people
Note: Counts of participants are report estimates and differ from official program numbers. Sources: "Trends in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates: 2001 to 2008," and earlier reports in this FNS series. Report estimates are based on Program Operations data, Program Quality data, and March Current Population Survey (CPS) data for the years shown. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau.