8 Facts Debunking Poverty Myths and Racial Stereotypes


Myth: African-Americans are the biggest food stamp recipients.

Fact: Blacks are not the primary recipients of food stamps: 35.7 percent of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients and 43 percent of those on Medicaid — two of the largest public benefit programs — are white.


food stamp president

Myth: President Obama is the “Food Stamp President.”

Fact: President Barack Obama is not a “food stamp president.” According to recent figures, more food stamp recipients were actually added under former President George W. Bush than under President Obama. Under President Bush, the number of recipients rose by nearly 14.7 million.

Back to top