The following table shows the comparisons of the percentage of the population of a state on Food Stamps and of those below the poverty level in 2011. Data for 2012 does not yet seem to be available. It also gives the rate of growth of those on Food Stamps and of those below the poverty level. The last column shows the difference in percent of those below the poverty level and those on Food Stamps. The table only includes those states for which at least 15.0% of the population was either receiving Food Stamps or below the poverty level. The states in red are those with a higher percentage of the population on Food Stamps than are below the poverty level.
In all, 28 states have either 15% of the population under the poverty level or on Food Stamps. Those states with double-digit increases in the percentage of the population on Food Stamps in 2011 compared to 2010 have the increases color-coded. The states of Maine, Oregon, and Michigan have especially embraced the Food Stamp program, having substantially more people on them than are below the poverty level. California, Nevada, Texas, Arizona, and Arkansas in order have the largest shortfalls on those on Food Stamps compared to those below the poverty level as of 2011.