SNAP/FSP participation rates by group, fiscal 2000-2008
Program participation rates have generally leveled off after steady increases between 2002 and 2006
Percent

Line graph with 3 lines and 9 points per line.

Line 1, Children.
Point 1, 2000 is 72.8.
Point 2, 2001 is 70.2.
Point 3, 2002 is 71.
Point 4, 2003 is 74.4.
Point 5, 2004 is 81.5.
Point 6, 2005 is 86.9.
Point 7, 2006 is 86.9.
Point 8, 2007 is 85.2.
Point 9, 2008 is 85.8.
Line 2, Adults under age 60.
Point 1, 2000 is 52.7.
Point 2, 2001 is 49.8.
Point 3, 2002 is 49.7.
Point 4, 2003 is 51.6.
Point 5, 2004 is 56.
Point 6, 2005 is 59.7.
Point 7, 2006 is 63.1.
Point 8, 2007 is 62.9.
Point 9, 2008 is 63.
Line 3, Adults age 60 and older.
Point 1, 2000 is 30.8.
Point 2, 2001 is 28.4.
Point 3, 2002 is 26.6.
Point 4, 2003 is 27.4.
Point 5, 2004 is 29.4.
Point 6, 2005 is 30.6.
Point 7, 2006 is 34.5.
Point 8, 2007 is 32.1.
Point 9, 2008 is 35.

Note: Participation rate = Participants/eligible people. Sources: "Trends in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates: 2001 to 2008," and earlier reports in this FNS series. Report estimates are based on Program Operations data, Program Quality Control data, and March Current Population Survey (CPS) data for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau.