Food Stamp Use Reaches Unprecedented Proportions in the U.S.

Almost 12% of all U.S. households received some sort of government assistance last year, according to the Census Bureau. More recent data show that 15% of the U.S. population receives food-stamp assistance.

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In 2010, 13.6 million households reported receiving food stamps, with Oregon topping the list at 17.9%, followed closely by Tennessee and Michigan. California, New Jersey, and Wyoming were among the states with the lowest level of food-stamp use.

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Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 45 reported an increase in food-stamp use in 2010, while only one, Louisiana, reported a decrease.