There was a sobering finding amidst the data released by the Census Bureau Wednesday showing a staggering 16 million children in the U.S.—or one in five kids under the age of 18—received food stamp assistance in 2014. Overall, more than 46.5 million Americans were on food stamps last year, according to the Department of Agriculture. The census numbers show that despite the gradual momentum of economic recovery, resulting in record highs in American wealth overall, large swaths of the country still have not recovered from the Great Recession.
In 2014, more American kids relied on food stamps than at any time since the 2008 economic decline. Nine million children received food stamps in 2007, and 26 million Americans of all ages received assistance.