Number of the Day: 826,134

June 3, 2013 | Number of The Day

There were 826,134 people in New Jersey enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), also known as food stamps, in 2012. That’s nearly 1 in 10 New Jerseyans, which is much lower than the national average of 1 in 7.

In the Garden State, SNAP helps feed 406,143 households, and awards the average family a benefit of $271.01 per month.

The program has just about doubled since 2008, both nationally and in New Jersey. (In 2008, there were 437,860 New Jerseyans enrolled in the program.) The growth in the program is primarily due to a weak economy, in which food prices have soared but incomes have dropped. Stimulus spending was also responsible for an increase to the program. It’s expected to be trimmed back this year during budget negotiations.