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Food Stamps A Way Of Living For Nearly 1 In 6 Americans

3:15 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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By Phil Izzo, Wall St. Journal

The American economy is slowing churning towards recovery from a recession, according to most experts.

During the recession more Americans than ever found themselves relying on Food stamps to feed their families. According to the Wall St. Journal rolls increased on a year-over-year basis, but there was a slight decline on month to month basis.

The number of recipients in the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at 47.5 million, or nearly one in six Americans, the paper reports. The state with highest number of food stamp users is Mississippi.

Wall St. Journal's State By State Analysis:

Illinois and Wyoming registered double-digit year-over-year jump in use, while Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Utah all posted annual drops.

Mississippi has the largest share of its population relying on food stamps at 22%. One in five residents in Oregon, New Mexico, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky also were food-stamp recipients. Wyoming had the smallest share of its population on food stamps at 7%.

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