21.7% of American Children Were on Food Stamps in 2014

By Ali Meyer | January 29, 2015 | 12:27pm EST

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(CNSNews.com) - One in five children, or 21.7 percent, received food stamps in 2014, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday – more than at the beginning of the 2007 recession.

“The number of children receiving food stamps remains higher than it was before the start of the Great Recession in 2007,” reports the Census Bureau. “The rate of children living with married parents who receive food stamps has doubled since 2007. In 2014, an estimated 16 million children, or about one in five, received food stamp assistance compared with the roughly 9 million children, or one in eight, that received this form of assistance prior to the recession.”

In 2007, 12.7 percent of children under 18 received food stamps. In 2014, that number jumped to 21.7, a 70.9 percent increase.

Of the 16 million children receiving food stamps in 2014, 8.1 million lived with their mother only, 5.2 million lived with married parents, 1.2 million lived with unmarried parents, 0.9 million had no parent present and 0.5 million had only the father present.

Since 2007, children who lived with their mother only saw the greatest increase in food stamp benefits. In 2007, 33 percent of children who lived with their mother only received food stamps, which jumped to 47 percent in 2014.

While this group saw the largest increase, according to the Census, “married couples make up the majority (72 percent) of the 86.4 million family groups, which are defined as two or more people who live together and are related by birth, marriage or adoption. Unmarried mothers and unmarried fathers make up 12 percent and 2 percent of family groups, respectively.”

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