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About 1 in 7 in U.S. Receive Food Stamps
Posted By admin On May 4, 2011 @ 6:34 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Growth in the food stamp program appeared to reach a plateau in February — with 14.3% of the population relying on the safety net program.
The number of food stamp recipients was essentially flat in February, the most recent month available, with 44.2 million Americans receiving benefits, according a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (See a sortable breakdown of the data here. )
The food stamp program ballooned during the recession as workers lost their jobs or saw their hours and income reduced. The rise in recipients has begun to flatten in recent months, which may mean that as the economy is improving fewer Americans are seeking to join the program. Enrollment in the program is still high though, with 11.6% more people tapping benefits in February than the same month a year earlier.
Food stamp numbers aren’t seasonally adjusted though, meaning a variety of factors could influence the monthly tallies and the program could grow again in coming months.
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 WSJ: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/05/03/about-1-in-7-americans-receive-food-stamps/
 See a sortable breakdown of the data here.: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703834804576301244003755956.html
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