Joney O'Hare, right, uses her U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to withdraw a dollar amount in tokens, in a similar way, a debit card is used at the Saturday Morning Market, in St. Petersburg, FL on April 14, 2012. Worden Farm (www.wordenfarm.com) says, “We at Worden Farm are happy to work with the USDA SNAP The tokens are exchanged with vendors for food, food producing plants or seeds for food producing plants as wanted and available. Vendors then returned to the tokens to the market organizer for an equal dollar amount that is electronically deposited into the vendor’s bank account. Worden Farm is a family farm that provides certified organic produce to Southwest Florida through community supported agriculture (CSA) membership programs and retail sale at several farmer’s (community) markets. Depending on the state, EBT cards can also hold value from other food and nutrition partners that can add a certain value or provide a certain degree of match to the value of other programs add to the card. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
Food stamp enrollment went down over the past year in 46 out of 50 states, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on food stamp enrollment.
The states of Connecticut, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia saw the biggest drops in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment.
Connecticut saw the largest drop, with SNAP enrollment dropping 25.4 percent from May 2016 to May 2017.
The state also saw a pretty hefty drop in enrollment over one month — Connecticut’s enrollment in the food stamp program dropped 14.2 percent from April 2017 to May 2017.
North Carolina saw the second-largest decrease in SNAP enrollment with a 14.2 drop in the number of state residents participating in the food stamp program.
The District of Columbia rounded out the top three states reporting the biggest decline in SNAP enrollment, showing a 9.3 drop in SNAP participation among D.C. residents.