14% of Jefferson County Residents on Food Stamps

I was digging through the STATS Indiana website this morning and was surprised by some numbers. One of the most glaring was the total dollars issued in food stamps each month in Jefferson County, Indiana.

For example, the May 2012 report shows 4,530 food stamp recipients (2,023 households) in our county. That translates to 14% of local residents (based on 32,249 population count). $581,965 total in just one month, the average per recipient was around $128.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the formal name for the government food stamps program. Indiana residents can learn more from the official website and see where to apply in Madison.

The program is designed for lower income families and the guidelines adjust depending on the number of people in the household. For example, a qualifying family of four can make up to $2,422 per month. Click here to see the food stamps income limits.

Jefferson County Division of Family Resources
493 W Hutchinson Lane, Ste A
Madison, IN 47250-7830
Telephone/Fax Number: (800) 403-0864

For more background, you can read about the history of Food Stamps on Wikipedia. You can also see the local efforts at improving support for low income residents at the Jefferson County Clearing House.

Click here to see some of these numbers for yourself or scroll down to see the statistics we complied. These figures have climbed steadily. For comparison sake, here is the May numbers going back ten years. 2003 was the first available data on their website.

Month # of recipients Change % Total $ issued Change %
May 2012 4530 5.45% 581965 6.63%
May 2011 4296 7.08% 545758 5.59%
May 2010 4012 15.39% 516851 9.28%
May 2009 3477 11.62% 472944 52.88%
May 2008 3115 10.74% 309351 13.90%
May 2007 2813 1.96% 271608 7.18%
May 2006 2759 5.67% 253408 4.20%
May 2005 2611 9.06% 243198 16.57%
May 2004 2394 13.35% 208636 16.65%
May 2003 2112 178855


  1. Mark says:

    This percentage of 14% matches that of the country as a whole, with 44.7mm recipients in a population of 313mm. What does seem glaring is the low dollar amount that beneficiaries are willing to accept, while
    sacrificing a bit of one’s self-reliance. And what, after all, could $128 buy in foodstuffs during a single month?
    This bolsters the popular viewpoint that such programs are run more for the benefit of the administrators, and not necessarily the recipients.