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Food stamp use rises to record 45.8 million

Posted By admin On August 5, 2011 @ 6:40 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

CNN Money [1]
Friday, August 5, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Nearly 15% of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in May, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The number of Americans using the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — more commonly referred to as food stamps — shot to an all-time high of 45.8 million in May, the USDA reported. That’s up 12% from a year ago, and 34% higher than two years ago.

The program provides monthly benefits to low-income individuals and families, which they can use at stores that accept SNAP benefits.

To qualify for food stamps, an individual’s income can’t exceed $1,174 a month or $14,088 a year — an amount that is 130% of the national poverty level.

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[1] CNN Money: http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/04/pf/food_stamps_record_high/index.htm?iid=HP_River

[2] Recovery: Record 23 Million American Households Receive Food Stamps: http://www.prisonplanet.com/recovery-record-23-million-american-households-receive-food-stamps.html

[3] Federal Food Stamp Program Spent Record $80.4B in FY 2012: http://www.prisonplanet.com/federal-food-stamp-program-spent-record-80-4b-in-fy-2012.html

[4] U.S. Food-Stamp Use Reaches Record 45.8 Million, USDA Says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-food-stamp-use-reaches-record-45-8-million-usda-says.html

[5] Food Stamp Recipients at Record 41.8 Million Americans in July, U.S. Says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/food-stamp-recipients-at-record-41-8-million-americans-in-july-u-s-says.html

[6] Obama Admin. Boosts Food-Stamp Participation by Targeting Seniors: http://www.prisonplanet.com/128710.html

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