Numbers in the News

Rachel Alexander


Cost of one semester on meal plan B at Whitman College


Cost per meal swipe on meal plan B


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


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

39.68 million

Number of Americans receiving food stamps in February 2010


Percentage of the population this represents


Percentage of federal food stamp recipients who are children


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


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

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