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Food Stamp Usage On The Rise In Idaho

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) 14% of Idahoans are running out of money to buy food before each month is up.

A record number of Americans are on the food stamp program.

High unemployment and slow growth since the deep 2008-2009 recession has driven enrollment in food stamps, the major U.S. anti-hunger program, to record levels.

Idaho is one state that has seen a significant jump.

"We've seen an increase in the need for food stamps and the increase in people actually applying for food stamps” said Leanne Trappen Community Service Director, SCCAP.

The cost of the program annually has doubled in the last four years.

"Wages are low and a lot of people are working part-time jobs there not working as many hours as before, jobs have changed” said Leanne Trappen Community Service Director, SCCAP.

45.7 million people were on the program in June according to the Department of Agriculture.

That works out to be roughly one in seven Americans using food stamps.

Nearly 47% of the food stamp recipients in the u-s are children, and about 8 percent are the elderly, according to the USDA.

"I've had my own case for about four years now, but growing up my mom had food stamps. It's a huge help actually especially for single moms who don't have the income to provide for their families” said Kelsey Springer, Food Stamp Recipient.

Food banks in the Magic Valley see an increase of visitors at the end of the month, because food stamp users run out of money.

Cash that comes once a month to feed an individual or family.


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