Oregon leads nation in food stamp use

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Friday, September 21, 2012

While poverty has slowed, food stamp use continues to climb and Oregon leads the nation, 2011 census data shows.

At 18.9 percent, nearly 1 in 5 families was receiving the government aid in Oregon, according to the 2011 census. This was due in part to generous state provisions that expand food stamp eligibility to families making 185 percent of the poverty level — roughly $3,400 a month for a family of four.

Roughly 14.9 million, or 13 percent of U.S. households overall, received food stamps in 2011. This was the highest level on record, with 1 in 8 families getting the aid.

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