U.S. households are using food stamps at a higher rate in 2023 than during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, data from the USDA shows.

As of April 2023, there are 22.2 million U.S. households using the Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That number was below 22 million during the peak of the pandemic in December 2020 and January 2021.

The number of SNAP households remained below 22 million for much of 2021 and 2022 before climbing above 22 million in October 2022, data shows.

Among individual states, Louisiana leads with an increase of 18.5% from March 2022 to March 2023. Following are California and New Jersey with 13.5% and 12.1% increases, respectively.... Read More: TND