Transparency: The Growth of Food Stamps

Posted by GOOD and Gavin Potenza

While some economists are declaring the recession over, and although the stock market continues to rise, those on the bottom of the economic ladder are seeing fewer improvements to their day-to-day lives. The number of Americans who receive assistance from the government in the form of food stamps continues to rise-the total number of food stamp recipients is now up to more than 10 percent of the total population. Here is how many people have been using food stamps for the nine months from September, 2008, to last May.'CORRECTION: The piece originally indicated that the number of people on food stamps were instead the number of dollars spent on food stamps. We have corrected the piece. You can view the uncorrected piece here.A collaboration between GOOD and Gavin Potenza.