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Recovery Chronicles: Tales From the Modern Food Line

Written By Brian Hicks

Posted February 4, 2011

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Here’s one from the recovery chronicles: food stamp usage is up 14% from last year.

Today, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves about one in seven Americans. Of these, about half are children USDA officials say.

From the Wall Street Journal by Sara Murray entitled: Some 43 Million Use Food Stamps

“Nearly a year and a half into the economic recovery, some 43.6 million Americans continued to rely on food stamps in November.

More than 14% of the population drew food stamps in November to purchase groceries as high unemployment and muted wage growth crimped budgets. The number of recipients was up 0.9% from October, according to the new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Compared to a year ago, the number of people receiving food stamps was up 14.2%.

In both Washington, D.C. and Mississippi more than a fifth of residents received food stamps — the highest recipiency rates of any state.

But demand has grown stronger in the past year in a handful of other states that recorded significant increases on a per capita basis.

In New Mexico, 19.4% of the population tapped into food stamps. That’s up 3.2 percentage points from the same month a year ago, the largest increase for any state. Idaho reported a similar jump: 14% of residents received food stamps, up 3.1 points from a year ago. Washington, D.C., Florida, Delaware and Texas all experienced similar year over year increases.”

 For comparison sakes here’s how the food stamp roles have grown over time…

food stamps

Where she stops….nobody knows.

Have a great weekend.

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