On a pittance, must try to make do,
Turns to fed'ral assistance
To get their subsistence,
As one out of seven do, too.
The Wall Street Journal's Real Time Economics reports that the proportion of the US population receiving food stamps has stabilized (if that's the word for it) at 14.3%. The USDA's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program , or SNAP, helps poor Americans - for example, a family of four with gross annual income of less than $28,700 - get basic nutrition. Almost two years after the "Great Recession" was declared over, a surprisingly large number remain in the qualifying pool.