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FOOD STAMPS 10 Facts about in America

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Here’s a depressing fact for you…

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Americans are on food stamps 46.8 million

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That equates to 15% of the U.S. POPULATION

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To make things worse…

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set a record for the number of people receiving benefits. 2013

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Here’s the average annual number of food stamp recipients since 1970… 4.3 Million

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Meanwhile, the population of the United States has increased only 54%

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In other words…

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The growth in food stamp recipients has outpaced general population growth by 953%!

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But before you get TOO DEPRESSED…

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There is some GOOD NEWS.

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Over the last year, the number of food stamp recipients has started to fall.

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Food stamp recipients by month...

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This has dropped the monthly overall cost of the program to $5.8 BILLION

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This is down from a record $6.5 BILLION in Nov. 2012.

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Also helping on this front...

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The average benefit per person is dropping...

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And, just for good measure...

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In sum...

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While costs to the government from the food stamp program are going DOWN

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There are still a near-record number of recipients thanks to the ongoing economic malaise.

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RECAP: 10 Facts about FOOD STAMPS in America Number of food stamp recipients: 46.8 million. This equates to 15% of the U.S. population. 2013 was a record year in terms of the number of enrollees. Since 1970, the number of recipients has increased 1,007%. This has outpaced population growth by 953%. The number has finally started to fall, dropping the overall monthly cost of the program to $5.8 billion. At the peak, the overall monthly cost was $6.5 billion (Nov. ’12). Also contributing to this is a 7% drop in the average monthly benefit per person. Still, over the last 44 years, the nominal monthly benefit per person has grown by 1,079%. Adjusted for inflation, that equates to a 100% increase.

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