Food stamp use has dropped significantly in recent years, but the amount of Americans receiving the benefit has remained steady, according to a new report.
According to the report, about 20 percent of Americans now receive food stamps and the average amount received has decreased from about $4,000 in 2010 to $3,500 in 2016.
The average monthly benefit for the most recent two years was about $1,200, according the report.
The report by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) found that the percentage of Americans using food stamps fell by 17 percent between 2010 and 2016.
Since the recession, the number of Americans who were food stamp recipients increased by 2.4 million, while the number receiving food stamps declined by 1.5 million.
In 2016, food stamp use dropped by about 9 percent compared to the year before.
Although food stamp benefits have fallen since the recession and most Americans are receiving some form of SNAP, CBPP researchers said that the overall trend has not gone unnoticed.
“The food stamp program is working, but it needs to continue to improve and get back to where it was,” said CBPP Senior Policy Analyst Jessica Schulze.
Since the recession the number and type of people receiving SNAP has declined and it’s time to make a concerted effort to get people back to their families,” Schulzing added.
In 2017, nearly 10 percent of households received SNAP, according CBPP.
In 2016, more than 4 million people received SNAP benefits.
The report found that food stamp eligibility rates are increasing and that the proportion of Americans on food stamps has decreased, as the number has dropped.
The survey also found that in 2016, the amount that people received each month increased by more than 40 percent from the previous year, but there was a similar decrease in food stamp spending.
The survey found that more than 30 percent of SNAP recipients received benefits during the first six months of 2017, which is a much larger percentage than in 2015, but a smaller percentage than the first half of 2016.
As of March of 2017 the number was at roughly 5.1 million people, a decline of about 940,000 people from the last three months of 2016, according data provided by the Census Bureau.
The census also found an increase in SNAP benefits in the first three months this year compared to last.