Nearly 15% of Americans relied on food stamps to get by in May, bringing the total number of users of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to a record-breaking 45.8 million, CNN Money reports.
That’s a 12% increase over last year, and a 34% increase since two years ago. A weak jobs market and rising food prices have forced more Americans to rely on food stamps in recent years.
The United States Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, says it does not expect May’s record-breaking level of food stamps usage to continue for much longer, as much of the increase can be attributed to soaring levels of usage in Alabama after a series of storms hit the state in May. Alabama alone accounts for nearly one million of the new food stamps users.
Tha average recipient of food stamps in May received about $133.80, and the average household got $283.65, according to CNN.
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