One in Four American Kids on Food Stamps

| by Michael Allen

According to 2011 data from the United States Department of Agriculture and U.S. Census Bureau, 19.9 million children are on food stamps, which is about one in four kids.

Republicans have attacked President Obama for providing this social safety net and called him "the Food Stamp President," reports the Daily Mail.

Obama has supported the USDA's efforts to enroll more needy children into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program President Bush refused to support for eight years. The average monthly SNAP benefit per recipient is $133.

The USDA has doubled its spending on the food stamp program and 15.5 million recipients have been added since 2009.

A total of 47.5 million people are enrolled in food stamps,  or one out of every 6.5 Americans, according to data from October 2011.

One of the biggest opponents of food stamps for kids is U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, whose state of Alabama has actually denied food stamps to U.S.-born children, with undocumented immigrant parents, as part of the state's anti-immigrant law.