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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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