Food Stamp Nation Thanksgiving
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, This Thanksgiving more Americans than ever will use food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinner , according to a new report from the nonprofit government watchdog group The Sunlight Foundation.
42.2 million Americans are on food stamps, according to the Economic Policy Institute. This is roughly the size of the populations of California and Connecticut combined.
Usage of food stamps among low and no-income families has spiked since the collapse of the U.S. financial system four years ago. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, average participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program, has grown 70% since 2007. And economists warn that usage of food stamps won’t go down until unemployment picture improves.