16.1 percent of households in Tennessee receive food stamps Stacker Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Stacker investigated food stamp use in Tennessee using data from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). TownNews.com Content Exchange 16.1 percent of households in Tennessee receive food stamps Updated Nov 24, 2021 Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, food insecurity throughout the United States affected more than 37 million people, among them 11 million children. That number, though staggering, represented the lowest point of food insecurity in the country in almost 90 years. Against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic, national hunger-relief organization Feeding America expects more than 42 million Americans to face food shortages during 2021. This demand puts additional strain on already-strapped food pantries and hunger-relief organizations, and drives significant need for increases in the country's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known previously as food stamps).Stacker compiled a list of the states where food stamps are used the most using SNAP data released July 10, 2020, by the USDA. The number of households and the poverty rate are current as of 2019 data from the Census Bureau. States are ranked by the percent of households that received food stamps in April 2020. Additional information came from sources like the Center for American Progress, Feeding America, and state websites and local food banks.Tennessee by the numbers- Percent of households receiving food stamps: 16.1%- Total households receiving food stamps: 428,677- Average monthly benefit per household: $248 (#17 highest among all states)As the country began its COVID-19 recovery, Tennessee’s jobless rate dropped lower than the national average. But the state still has the eighth-highest rate of food security (12.6%) and the fourth-highest rate of housing insecurity.Here are the states using food stamps the most and least:States using food stamps the most#1. New Mexico (27.6% of households)#2. Rhode Island (22.2% of households)#3. Washington D.C. (22.0% of households)States using food stamps the least#1. Wyoming (5.0% of households)#2. Utah (7.0% of households)#3. North Dakota (7.2% of households) Imilious // Wikicommons Tags Thestacker Tennessee TownNews.com Content Exchange Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Latest e-Edition Rhea County Herald-News To view our latest e-Edition click the image on the left.