The U.N. agency says some U.s. cities with the most food stamp applications received the most in 2015.
The Washington-based agency announced Monday that it has issued its latest report on the country’s largest cities for food stamp use.
The report shows that New York City is home to the most applications per capita, followed by Philadelphia and Chicago.
The study also found that the top four largest cities are all in the South, and that Washington, D.C., is the top destination for food stamps.
According to the report, New York and New Jersey have the highest rates of food stamp enrollment in the country, followed closely by Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.
Food stamp applications were up 7.5% last year compared with 2014, the report found.
However, applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have remained flat or declined, while applications for other benefits have increased.
The United States spent $1.3 trillion in food stamp benefits in fiscal year 2016, and the number of SNAP recipients increased 7% to 1.38 million, according to the U..
S Department of Agriculture.
The agency said it is monitoring trends in SNAP enrollment to determine how the program is performing.
As of January 1, 2016, SNAP had more than 3.8 million recipients, and there are 1.9 million recipients receiving benefits under other government programs, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit and the Pell Grant.