Food stamp use reached a record high in June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week, with 46.7 million people enrolled in the program for low-income families. The latest figures mean that food stamps will once again be a flash point in the presidential campaign. The number of people on food stamps rose 0.4 percent from May and was 3.3 percent higher than a year earlier. “Too many middle-class families who have fallen on hard times are still struggling,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The program is “one more example of government incompetence,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who wants cuts in the program. It now costs $71.8 billion a year.
Via The Week Magazine, Sept 14th