Reaching Those in Need: Estimates of State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates in 2013
- Participation rates vary widely from state to state. In fiscal year 2013, 22 states’ SNAP participation rates were significantly higher than the national rate of 85 percent, and 16 states’ rates were significantly lower.
- In fiscal year 2013, 23 states’ rates for the working poor were significantly higher than the national rate for the working poor of 74 percent, and 6 states’ rates were significantly lower.
- The participation rate for the working poor was significantly lower than the rate for all eligible people nationally and in 31 states.
- Among the regions, the Midwest region had the highest participation rate—96 percent—a rate significantly higher than all other regions. The Western region’s participation rate of 74 percent was significantly lower than the rates for all of the other regions.