Conscious Flow Radio

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Record numbers using food stamps in Ohio, Michigan

Nationally, the number of people using food stamps is due to reach 28 million by next year, tying a record for the program set in 1994. As one might expect, the number of people using food stamps in economically devastated Michigan and Ohio is particularly high; more than 1.25 million—a record number—of Michigan residents now receive food assistance, while the 1.1 million Ohio residents using food stamps represent a doubling of the number since 2001. The latter figure does not include the estimated 500,000 people who are eligible for food stamps but have not signed up.