The Food Stamp Program and Supplemental Security Income

by Brad Trenkamp and Michael Wiseman
Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 67 No. 4, 2007
Table equivalent for Chart 1. Monthly state SSI supplements to the federal benefit rate for nonelderly adult individuals and couples living independently, 2004
States ordered by size
of individual supplement
Cumulative SSI
recipients
(in percent)
Individual
supplement
(in dollars)
Couple
supplement
(in dollars)
All others 53.60 0.00 0.00
Utah 53.95 0.00 4.60
Delaware 54.15 5.00 0.00
Wyoming 54.25 9.90 25.12
Maine 54.82 10.00 15.00
Nebraska 55.19 12.00 11.00
Michigan 58.85 14.00 28.00
South Dakota 59.04 15.00 15.00
Washington 60.84 25.90 19.90
New Hampshire 61.07 27.00 41.00
Pennsylvania 66.03 27.40 43.70
New Jersey 68.00 31.25 25.36
Colorado 68.85 37.00 347.00
Oklahoma 70.05 50.00 100.00
Idaho 70.40 52.00 20.00
Vermont 70.63 52.04 98.88
Rhode Island 71.08 57.35 108.50
Minnesota 72.20 81.00 111.00
Wisconsin 73.65 83.78 132.05
New York 82.03 87.00 104.00
Massachusetts 84.63 114.39 180.60
Connecticut 85.45 183.00 250.00
California 99.83 226.00 553.00
Alaska 100.00 362.00 528.00
SOURCE: Social Security Administration (2005a).
NOTES: SSI = Supplemental Security Income.
California includes food stamp cash-out.
Table equivalent for Chart 2. Prevalence of excess shelter cost deductions for SSI/FSP recipients, by age group, fiscal years 2001–2006 (in percent)
Fiscal year Under age 18 Aged 18 to 64 Over age 64
2001 50.52 62.21 58.16
2002 46.34 60.95 59.41
2003 52.64 70.86 67.60
2004 62.15 79.52 83.75
2005 61.48 79.40 85.17
2006 69.29 81.66 83.76
SOURCE: Authors' calculations using the Food Stamp Program Quality Control Database, 2001–2006.
NOTE: SSI = Supplemental Security Income; FSP = Food Stamp Program.