The old adage that conservatives like to slander minorities with, saying they’re the demographic most likely to be unemployed and on food stamps, has been debunked by the hard facts
According to data from 2013, most of the people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are white. The data shows “40.2 percent of SNAP recipients are white, 25.7 percent are black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent are Native American.”
From The Huffington Post:
In the two congressional districts that overlap Alday’s state legislature district, more African-Americans than whites receive food stamps, according to USDA data.
Twenty-three million households and 47 million Americans received benefits on an average month in 2013; enrollment declined slightly to 22 million households and 46 million individuals in 2014. Three-quarters of those households included a child, an elderly person or someone with a disability. The average monthly benefit per household was $274 in 2013 and $256 last year.
Another conservative lament that was seemingly shot down by the data was the idea that otherwise able-bodied adults are simply choosing not to work in favor of government assistance.
But nearly one-third of food stamp recipients came from households where at least one member had earned income in 2013.
Different states have different eligibility rules for the program, but federal law puts the upper income limit at 200 percent of the poverty line, currently $20,090 for a family of three. Many SNAP recipients qualify based on their participation in another means-tested program, such as Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.