Food-stamp use hit a record 46.7 million people in June.
Participation was up 0.4 percent from May and 3.3 percent higher than a year earlier. It has remained greater than 46 million all year as the unemployment rate stayed higher than 8 percent. New jobless numbers will be released Sept. 7.
“Too many middle-class families who have fallen on hard times are still struggling," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an emailed statement Tuesday. “Our goal is to get these families the temporary assistance they need so they are able to get through these tough times and back on their feet as soon as possible."
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