USDA released data last week showing a record 46.67 million Americans are now participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program. These individuals are part of 22.4 million households receiving an average of $276.50 a month.

The number of Americans participating in SNAP has exceeded 46 million since September of 2011 and has exceeded 40 million since March 2010. SNAP is authorized as part of the 2008 Farm Bill, which expires on Sept. 30, though the program is written such that benefits will not be affected if a new bill is not approved by that deadline.