The number of Americans who received food stamps from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has nearly tripled since 2007, from 4.4 million to 5.4 billion, according to a new study by the Center for American Progress.
The increase was driven in part by an increase in the number of people receiving SNAP benefits.
According to the Center, the total number of SNAP recipients has increased by nearly 50 percent since 2007.
However, the average monthly food stamp benefit has not increased much over that period, at about $400 per month.
The food stamp program has been in a downward spiral over the past two decades, due in part to the recession, which has led to a decrease in the labor force participation rate.
In 2015, more than 20 million Americans received SNAP benefits, and the average SNAP benefit per recipient was $1,976.
However when looking at the overall numbers, the increase is due in large part to a larger number of non-white people receiving the program, according the Center.
More:More:Food stamp recipients are more likely to live in povertyThe study also found that the number who received SNAP has also increased among whites, which is another area where there has been a decline in SNAP participation.
In 2016, nearly 60 percent of SNAP participants were white, up from 43 percent in 2011.
The number who were non-whites, however, has increased from 16 percent to 22 percent since 2011.