Information on Strikers' Participation in the Food Stamp Program

CED-81-85: Published: Mar 26, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1981.

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GAO was asked to gather available data on participation in the Food Stamp Program by households with members involved in labor-management disputes. Specifically, the data were to include information on the number of participating households containing a striker, the value of food stamp benefits provided to such households, and fluctuations in strikers' participation.

GAO found that, in the 50 States and the District of Columbia, for the five 1-month periods for which data were available: (1) the percentage of food stamp households containing a striker ranged from 0.29 to 2.1 percent of the total food stamp households; (2) of all persons on strike, the percentage of strikers who participated in the Food Stamp Program ranged from 3.6 to 36.4 percent; and (3) food stamp benefits provided to strikers' households may have amounted to $37 million in fiscal year 1980.

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