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States where food stamps are used the most

  • #30. Arizona

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 14.4%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 375,236
    - Average benefit per household: $256.60 (#10 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 14% (#15 highest among all states)

    About one in seven Arizona residents lives in poverty. Overall, state poverty levels are falling, but remain above the national average. Estimates show that 6,700 to 30,000 Arizona residents are in danger of losing their food stamp benefits under new federal changes.

  • #29. Ohio

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 14.6%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 684,844
    - Average benefit per household: $243.16 (#19 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 13.9% (#16 highest among all states)

    Ohio falls just outside of the top 10 states with the worst food insecurity rates. Poverty particularly affects women in Ohio, according to studies. Some residents are sending out flyers and hosting information fairs to let locals know of potential federal changes to food stamp programs.

  • #28. Texas

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 14.7%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 1,439,988
    - Average benefit per household: $269.93 (#3 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 14.9% (#12 highest among all states)

    Texas has a 14% hunger and food insecurity rate. Although the poverty rate in Texas is falling, it remains one of the highest in the nation. Last December, over 100,000 residents filed for food stamp benefits.

  • #27. Vermont

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 14.8%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 38,579
    - Average benefit per household: $207.69 (#43 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 11% (#35 highest among all states)

    Vermont has an enticing $60,076 median household income and one of the lowest food insecurity rates in the country (9.8%). A new bill to combat food insecurity proposes free school lunches for all Vermont students.

  • #26. Maryland

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 15%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 332,027
    - Average benefit per household: $213.13 (#41 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 9% (#47 highest among all states)

    Maryland has a low poverty rate and food insecurity rate (10.4%). Despite these low rates, Maryland is an expensive state to live in. On average, goods and services cost 9.4% more in Maryland than the rest of the U.S., creating a high cost of living.

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  • #25. Alaska

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 15.1%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 38,335
    - Average benefit per household: $375.80 (#2 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 10.9% (#38 highest among all states)

    Over a third of Alaskan children live in poverty. Alaskan natives and American Indians are the most affected, and a recent report stated that 20% of Alaskan children "lived in homes without enough food."

  • #24. Maine

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 15.1%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 85,996
    - Average benefit per household: $195.64 (#49 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 11.6% (#32 highest among all states)

    In Maine, urban counties show a much higher rate of residents living below the poverty line. However, Maine's urban areas also produced some of the highest median incomes. Almost 44,000 residents could lose food stamp benefits if new federal regulations are passed.

  • #23. Michigan

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 15.4%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 609,812
    - Average benefit per household: $222.25 (#36 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 14.1% (#14 highest among all states)

    Michigan's poverty rate continues to drop, but the state has faced some difficult problems in recent years. The water crisis in Flint continues to affect low-income residents. Also, children under five have more than double the poverty rate of senior citizens.

  • #22. Connecticut

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 15.4%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 212,861
    - Average benefit per household: $225.88 (#34 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 10.4% (#41 highest among all states)

    Connecticut was the only state to see its poverty rate significantly rise according to recent census data. Some in the state are working hard to keep the spike in poverty under wraps. The city of Bridgeport is already implementing a program to counteract the federal cuts to food stamps.

  • #21. Tennessee

    - Percent of households receiving food stamps: 16.1%
    - Total households receiving food stamps: 420,066
    - Average benefit per household: $250.15 (#14 highest among all states)
    - Poverty rate: 15.3% (#10 highest among all states)

    Although the number of children living in poverty in Tennessee is falling, the total still amounts to around 200,000, or one out of every eight children. Despite planned federal rollbacks on food stamps, seven counties in Tennessee are exempt from the cuts. Those counties are considered "distressed" by the government.

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