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article image1 in 9 Americans on Food Stamps, Increase Since May

By Carol Forsloff     Aug 10, 2009 in Lifestyle
As the recession has deepened, more and more Americans have trouble making ends meet. Some of them can’t even buy food much anymore and rely on public assistance. In fact news reports declare one in nine Americans are on food stamps.
Forbes reports the problem recently as a first for the nation, with a total of 34 million people presently on food stamps. The percentage for food stamp enrollment increased by 2 percent since May to make July the sixth month in a row where enrollment set a record.
One of the specific problems resulting from this, according to bio-researchers is that people on food stamps can’t afford heart healthy food. The concern is that as more people live on food stamps, health problems may increase.
Jack Cafferty finds this whole thing appalling as he recently related on CNN. Cafferty asks the question to people: what does this mean to you? He declares the news about the food stamps is especially disquieting given the fact it isn’t just the poor and homeless on food stamps but middle class people who have lost jobs or people whose home values vanished. It is a problem, he says, that reveals how bad the recession really is.
So many people in need of food, the question Cafferty asks continues to be asked: what does it mean to you?
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