About half of U.S. children will be on food stamps at some time during their childhood
"The results in this article indicate that half of all American children will at some point during their childhood reside in a household that turns to the Food Stamp Program for financial and dietary help. Such households are by definition in poverty and are also quite likely to be experiencing food insecurity as well.""
Source: Rank MR, Hirschl TA. Estimating the Risk of Food Stamp Use and Impoverishment During Childhood. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(11):994-999.