People Receiving Food Stamps
What does this measure?
The average number of people receiving food stamps each month, expressed as a rate per 1,000 residents.
Why is this important?
The food stamps program provides government funding for low–income people to buy food. It therefore indicates how many people in a county cannot support themselves at a basic level.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2010, the rate of residents receiving food stamps each month was 120 in Cayuga and 79 in Seneca, compared to 98 in the state (excluding NYC). In both counties and throughout the state, rates have risen sharply since the national recession began in 2008. Food stamp use increased each year during the past decade in Cayuga, resulting in an overall increase of nearly 150% from 2000 to 2010. During that time, food stamp use fluctuated a bit more in Seneca but rose 84%. This echoes the statewide increase of 120%. Seneca, Ontario and Wayne had the lowest rates, while Cayuga, Onondaga and Oswego had the highest.
Notes about the data
Comparable national data were not available. Data do not necessarily reflect the number of people eligible for this benefit, only those who receive it.