In 2011 Participation Increased 7.2% in Food Stamps, But Fell 3.6% in TANF

The federal government recently released data showing that 3.69% fewer families received TANF in December 2011 than December 2012. The number of children receiving TANF in December 2011 (3,373,654) was just 20.5% of the number of poor children in 2010 (16,401,000). While the poverty figures for 2011 haven’t been released yet, child poverty likely increased in 2011.