Friday, March 20, 2009

Day 354- Nutrition Bite

Record Number of Americans Receiving SNAP/Food Stamps
With the U.S. in a recession, December 2008 saw a record 31.8 million Americans receiving SNAP/Food Stamps, up 2.2 percent from November 2008, an increase of 700,000 people; the number surpassed the September 2008 record total of 31.6 million that included disaster benefits to victims of hurricanes and floods. All but three states saw increases, with Ohio posting the largest rise among large states - 3.4 percent - with the benefit going to 1.26 million residents. Texas has the largest enrollment - 3.05 million (a 1.8 percent increase from the month before). The cost for SNAP/Food Stamps is estimated to be $51 billion this fiscal year, an increase of $10 billion from FY 2008. "A weakened economy means that many more individuals are turning to SNAP/Food Stamps," according to the Food Research and Action Center.

~Reuters, March 5, 2009; WalletPop.com, March 6, 2009

Sugar Preacher's Experience
Wow! I cannot believe the cost of food stamps is estimated at a $40 billion increase from the previous year. This is another reason to be prepared with food storage-- government funds might be limited in the future and qualifications might be more difficult.

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