(CNSNews.com) - The number of beneficiaries on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--food stamps--has now topped 46,000,000 for 36 straight months, according to new data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
From September 2011 through August 2014, the latest month for which data is available, the number of persons participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has exceeded 46 million.
In August 2014, according to USDA, there were 46,484,828 beneficiaries of the SNAP program. That was down slightly—2,060 beneficiaries—from the 46,486,888 who got food stamps in July.
At the same time, the number of households getting food stamps increased from 22,716,152,000 in July to 22,729,389 in August.
Given that there were 115,048,000 households in the country as of August, according to the Census Bureau, 22,729,389 of households on food stamps equaled 19.75 percent of all households in the nation.
Households on food stamps in July got an average of $253.69 in August 2014, and in that month alone program benefits cost taxpayers $5,766,107,973.
The 46,484,828 people getting food stamps in the United States in August continued to outnumber the entire populations of Poland (38,346,279), Argentina (43,024,374) and Ukraine (22,291,413).