You’re about to get a chance to buy a lot of Christmas presents for the holiday season, and some people are going to be getting a lot more than they bargained for.
The number of households receiving food stamps fell sharply from 5,000,000 in January to 3,200,000 last week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It’s the largest drop since the recession ended, and it’s followed by a spike in the number of people receiving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, food stamp program.
With Christmas shopping on the horizon, many people are already thinking about what they can buy with the money, and that’s a big factor in the sharp drop in SNAP recipients.
The food stamp population has grown by more than 25% since 2009.
“We’ve seen a significant decline in the population of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program,” said Mark Goldring, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
“And people have been asking how can we get food to them.
And it’s very clear that the answer is to use food stamps.”
The US has the highest proportion of SNAP recipients in the developed world at 24.2%, followed by Australia at 16.7%, Britain at 16%, Canada at 15.7% and the UK’s neighbours, France and Germany, both 15.5%.
The US ranks No. 1 in terms of food stamp participation among developed countries, with about 13.5% of households reporting receiving food.
But SNAP is the most popular food aid program in the US.
A total of 23.4% of Americans claim it each year.
There are some who use the program because it’s free, but the majority of SNAP households use it because they need the money for other things, such as rent or a mortgage.
The most popular categories of food stamps are those that provide cash assistance and are also called Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.
Many people receive food stamps because they work in a food service industry, or they receive benefits for their own children, or because they have a child in foster care, or for a child that was born outside the US but has a US birth certificate.
The vast majority of people are eligible for cash assistance, but they’re limited to $1,500 a month in cash benefits and can only spend it on groceries.
People who work in the food service sector have to meet a few criteria to qualify for SNAP, including working 15 hours a week, being able to provide the necessary documents to prove they are working, and not using a job or other benefit to support themselves.
The eligibility is often based on whether they’re receiving food or cash, but if they are receiving cash, they have to also prove they have sufficient income to meet the requirements.
The biggest change in SNAP eligibility is that food stamp recipients are now required to work a minimum of 30 hours per week to qualify.
Previously, SNAP benefits were automatically converted to cash, so people who worked less than 30 hours would automatically receive SNAP benefits.
The SNAP benefits that people get in cash are limited to a maximum of $2,500 per month.
The minimum amount that people can receive is $1.25 a day.
And while some people can earn up to $2 a day in SNAP benefits, others may be forced to cut back their SNAP spending to keep from being kicked out of the program.
Some people have argued that the SNAP cuts are a sign of the economic recovery.
Others have argued the changes have made it more difficult for people to qualify to receive SNAP, which makes it more expensive for the average person to qualify, as the SNAP benefits they receive are reduced.
But there are some economists who say that SNAP cuts have hurt people.
As people cut back on spending, they are more likely to rely on food stamps to supplement income, which increases the cost of food for many people, Goldring said.
So far this year, the food stamp increase has been slightly smaller than expected, but Goldring believes that it will continue to be a big part of the Christmas spending equation.