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Nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in May, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
To qualify for food stamps, an individual's income can't exceed $1,174 a month or $14,088 a year -- an amount that is 130 percent of the national poverty level.
The average food stamp benefit was $133.80 per person and $283.65 per household in May.
The highest concentration of food stamp users were in California, Florida, New York and Texas -- where more than 3 million residents in each state received food stamps in May.
Yes.... Definitely not good. Of course, these 'benefits' will eventually disappear too. (They already are in some places.) If things don't turn-around soon, it is likely to get very ugly...
Very sobering, indeed. I've lived on less than that in my past - it's unbelievably stressful.
Originally posted by David9176
Also suprisingly...or NOT...
TEXAS is among the highest users of food stamps.
Just who exactly is governor of Texas??? cough....RICK PERRY...cough.
Seems to be relying heavily on the Federal government...even thought he once threatened to "secede" from the union.
edit on 15-8-2011 by David9176 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Paulioetc15
possibly illegal immigrants.