Enrollment in SNAP continues to closely track the country's poverty level. And although food stamps are associated, in conservative dogma, with laziness and voluntary unemployment, the majority of SNAP recipients who can work, do. Four of five program recipients are already working or belong to the 70 percent of program recipients who are not expected to work, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “primarily because they are children, elderly, or disabled.”
For the record, today's Star present the local numbers.
Since 2007, the number of people who received food assistance from the [Calhoun County Department of Human Resources] department jumped by 58 percent, to 24,924 in June.
Let's underline and bold that stat: Over the past six years the number of county residents needing food assistance increased 58 percent.