Numbers in the News

Rachel Alexander

$2,620

Cost of one semester on meal plan B at Whitman College

$11.23

Cost per meal swipe on meal plan B

$200

Maximum federal food stamp benefit for an individual per month (Source: USDA Food and Nutrition Services)

$2.22

Amount per meal (assuming 90 meals per month) this benefit provides

39.68 million

Number of Americans receiving food stamps in February 2010

12.5%

Percentage of the population this represents

49%

Percentage of federal food stamp recipients who are children

$673

Average gross monthly income for a family receiving federal food stamp benefits

17.7%

Percentage of first-generation immigrant households that are below the federal poverty line (Source: Heritage Foundation)

0
Starting in 2011, amount of food stamp benefits Washington state provides to legal immigrants who are not eligible for federal benefits