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article image45.8 million using food stamps in the US

By KJ Mullins     Aug 5, 2011 in World
In the United States almost 15 percent of the population used food stamps during the month of May. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) had 45.8 million users for an all time high in May.
In just the past year the SNAP program has seen an increase of 12 percent. The program provides benefits to low-income individuals and families who use the food stamps at stores that accept them.
Individuals can not have more than $1,174 coming in during a month, 130 percent of the national poverty line. Most single people in the program receive $133.80 with families getting $283.65 during May.
Texas, Florida, California and New York are where the most benefits are being used. There are more than 3 million in each state receiving food stamps.
It is believed that the increase has come because of the storms that devastated Alabama this spring. Alabama saw a total of 868,813 in April to 1,762,481 in May in the program.
Despite the high numbers not everyone who needs the assistance qualifies. In [url=http:// http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/whatsnew.shtml t=_blank]Florida healthy adults 18 to 50 with no children can only get assistance benefits for 3 months in a 3 year period. That state also has cut unemployment benefits.
More about Food stamps, United States, United States Department of Agriculture
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