Federal expenditures for USDA’s 15 food and nutrition assistance programs totaled $106.7 billion in 2012—a 3-percent increase from 2011 following a 9-percent increase the previous year. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) accounted for 73 percent of food assistance spending in 2012. Expenditures for SNAP more than doubled between 2007 and 2010, as tough economic times—along with policy changes that improved program accessibility, expanded eligibility, and raised benefit levels—led more people to apply for and receive assistance.
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