SNAP Statistics

How many people in the Philadelphia region use SNAP (food stamps) to buy groceries?

Philadelphia County

January 2014: 476,867 people
Percent change between January 2013 and January 2014: +1.2%
Percent change between December 2007 and January 2014: +45.4%*
Note: 31% of Philadelphia residents now receive SNAP.

Bucks County

January 2014: 37,870 people
Percent change between January 2013 and January 2014 : -0.4%
Percent change between December 2007 and January  2014: +108%*
Note: 6% of Bucks County residents now receive SNAP.


Chester County

January 2014: 25,795 people
Percent change between January 2013 and January 2014: +2.2%
Percent change between December 2007 and January 2014: +116%*
Note: 5% of Chester County residents now receive SNAP.


Delaware County

January 2014: 65,921 people
Percent change between January 2013 and January 2014 : +0.3%
Percent change between December 2007 and January 2014 : +56.2%*
Note: 12% of Delaware County residents now receive SNAP.


Montgomery County

January 2014: 51,673 people
Percent change between January 2013 and January 2014 :  +4.8%
Percent change between December 2007 and
January 2014 : +123.4%*
Note: 6% of Montgomery County residents now receive SNAP.


Five-County Area

January 2014: 658,126 people

Percent change between January 2013 and January 2014 : +1.4%
Percent change between December 2007 and January 2014 : +55.4%
Note: 16% of residents in the five-county region now receive SNAP.

Pennsylvania

January 2014: 1,813,355 people
Percent change between January 2013 and January 2014 : +0.3%
Percent change between December 2007 and January 2014 : +55.2%
Note: 14% of Pennsylvania residents now receive SNAP.

Note: December 2007 is generally regarded as the beginning of the current economic recession. These percentages demonstrate the increase in SNAP enrollment in each area since the start of the recession.