Nationally, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is reaching 66% of eligible recipients. USDA reports that in 2008, state rates varied from an estimated low of 46% to a high of 94%. Overall, the report shows that during 2006 to 2008 the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia had significantly higher participation rates than two-thirds of the states
Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon says they're committed to working with states to ensure everyone eligible for SNAP has access to this critical nutrition program. SNAP puts healthy food on the table for over 43 million people each month, half of whom are children. SNAP is largest of the domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service has expanded outreach efforts to reach those who are eligible, including underserved populations like the working poor. According to the report, participation among the eligible working poor was significantly lower than the rate for all SNAP-eligible persons in a majority of states.