Monday, May 10, 2010

Record High 39.68 Million Americans Now Receiving Food Stamps

Almost 40 million Americans are now receiving food stamps. That computes to about one out of every eight Americans. This is the highers percentage of population on foods stamps ever.

"Nearly 40 million Americans received food stamps -- the latest in an ever-higher string of record enrollment that dates from December 2008 and the U.S. recession, according to a government update.
The Agriculture Department said 39.68 million people, or 1 in 8 Americans, were enrolled for food stamps during February, an increase of 260,000 from January. USDA updated its figures on Wednesday.

"This is the highest share of the U.S. population on SNAP/food stamps," said the anti-hunger group Food Research and Action Center, using the new name for food stamps, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). "Research suggests that one in three eligible people are not receiving ... benefits."


  1. The numbers for children are even worse, about 1 in 4. There was a report about this in the New York Times months ago by the way.

  2. come on people, get it together


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