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382,734 Mississippians Rely on SNAP: Decrease in Participation – Increase in Benefits Amid National Trends

In Mississippi, while the number of SNAP recipients decreased slightly by 1.8% to 382,734 in March 2024 compared to the previous year, total benefits increased, contrasting with a national decline in SNAP benefits, reflecting broader trends of decreased program participation and increased economic challenges.

Mississippi Sees Decrease in SNAP Enrollment Despite Increase in Benefits Distribution

According to the WJTV, in Mississippi, fewer people are using SNAP benefits compared to last year, with 382,734 residents enrolled in March 2024, down by 1.8% from 2023. Despite this decrease, Mississippi now represents a slightly larger share of SNAP users nationwide, making up about 0.92% of all recipients across the country.

Interestingly, even though fewer people are on SNAP in Mississippi, the total amount of benefits distributed increased by $174,354 compared to the previous year. This is different from the national trend, where SNAP benefits decreased by 11.5% nationally. Over the past decade, SNAP participation across the U.S. has dropped by more than 10%, even though benefits have gone up by 33% to help with higher food costs.

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382,734 Mississippians Rely on SNAP: Decrease in Participation – Increase in Benefits Amid National Trends (PHOTO: Wikipedia)

SNAP Crucial for Mississippi Families Amid Economic Challenges

Looking forward, the USDA emphasizes that SNAP remains crucial for low-income families in Mississippi and beyond, especially during economic changes and rising food prices. The program ensures eligible families can get the food assistance they need. For those wanting to apply or learn more about SNAP, resources are available through the Mississippi Department of Human Services website.

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