A professor at Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy has put together an interactive graphic that illustrates SNAP enrollment data from 1990 through 2010 in all 50 states and D.C.
|Click here for the interactive graphic (screen shot pictured here).|
Take a minute to play around with the graphic - there's a lot of information captured there. You can select particular states and watch how enrollment has changed through the past 20 years. You can also color the data according to unemployment %, population, or % of population (rather than number) enrolled in the SNAP program.
A few of interesting trends I noticed are:
- WA went from being in the middle and lower end of SNAP enrollment, to being in the upper half just a few years ago, in 2009.
- Similarly, WA's % of population enrolled in the SNAP program has gone up steadily over the past 20 years. Whether that is more people in need or better enrollment programs is unclear.
- Our nation's capitol - Washington D.C. - has been in the top three for SNAP enrollment since 1995
What do you notice?
SNAP and other food assistance programs are all funded under the Farm Bill. You can refer to previous posts on this blog (under the label Advocacy) or the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group's website for more information on this incredibly important piece of legislation.