ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Food stamp participation in the St. Louis area saw a 12% increase in the last year.
That 12% increase is actually a smaller increase than the year before when participation jumped 24%.
Between 2007-2008 the increase in food stamp participation was 11%. Between 2008-2009 it was 23.6% and between 2009 and 2010 the increase was 12%
Scott Rowson with the Missouri Department of Social Services says you’ve heard part of this story for years now:
“As middle class families were effected by the economic downturn I think we have more of those folks” said Rowson.
Rowson says one in 6 1/2 Missourians are using food stamps. Nationally that figure is one in 7.
But he has noticed somewhat of a slowdown. He says nationally one-in-seven people use food stamps. In Missouri that figure is one-in-six-and-a-half.
In St. Louis 35,000 people were using food stamps. In 2010 that figure is 54,000.
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