Record one in six Americans now on food stamps as depression escalates
by: Jonathan Benson
Saturday, July 09, 2011
While the mainstream media has all but convinced most Americans that the nation is slowly climbing out of the “recession,” new statistics released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggest otherwise. According to just-released participation numbers for the agency’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known more commonly as “food stamps,” nearly one in six Americans now participates in the program, which represents a new record high.
Rising from 14.3 percent of the US population participating in the program back in February (http://www.naturalnews.com/032312_f…), the new numbers are a bit shocking when considering how many of these new enrollees actually are. It is not simply the very poor and chronic abusers that are taking advantage of the program — many former middle class families now struggling just to get by are having to sign up for government food assistance.
According to the numbers, a record 44.647 million people are now enrolled in SNAP, up from 44.587 in May. Meanwhile, the average monthly benefit payment per household has dropped, and is now at a post-April 2009 revision low of $282.38 a month.