According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutritional Service there were 46,326,352 individuals in 22,155,497 households receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in February 2012, the latest date for which figures are available. That’s up 4.8% from February 2011, but down -0.3% from January 2012.
The average monthly benefit was $132.98 per person. That’s roughly $33.25 per week, $4.75 per day or $1.58 per meal for 3 meals per day, seven days each week. It occurred to me that the daily allowance wouldn’t cover one way of my commute to work.