Jeden z deseti američanů dostává podporu ve formě přídělových kupónů na jídlo (u dětí 50%)
Jeden z deseti američanů dostává podporu od vlády ve formě přídělových kupónů na jídlo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A record 32.2 million people — one in every 10 Americans — received food stamps at the latest count, the government said on Thursday, a reflection of the recession now in its 16th month.
Food stamps, the major U.S. anti-hunger program, help poor people buy groceries. The average benefit was $112.82 per person in January.
The January figure marks the third time in five months that enrollment set a record.
„A weakened economy means that many more individuals are turning to SNAP/Food Stamps,“ said the Food Research and Action Center, an anti-hunger group, using the acronym for the renamed food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in February, the highest in 25 years. Weekly claims for jobless benefits totaled 669,000 last week, the highest in 26 years, the government said on Thursday.
Food stamp enrollment rose in 46 of the 50 states during January as the national total rose by 580,000 people, or 1.3 percent, from December, when the previous record was set, said Agriculture Department figures.
– související: Study: Half of U.S. kids will receive food stamps – USATODAY.com Polovina amerických dětí musí být během života podporovány příděly jídla. U černošské populace je toto číslo 90%.