Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Food Stamp Usage At Highest Level Ever

The number of people receiving federal benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--also known as Food Stamps--hit an all-time high in May, according to the latest figures just released by the US Department of Agriculture. 45,753,078 Americans made use of the benefits; that's about 1 in 7 people, or 21,581,234 households, at a cost of $6,121,616,913.00. May is the latest month for which figures are available.

In January of 2009, when President Obama entered office, 31,983,716 Americans or 14,499,693 households used Food Stamps, at a cost of $3,633,188,682.00, according to USDA.