17.7 percent of Kentuckians qualify for food stamps

More than one Kentuckian in six — 17.7 percent —  qualifies for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — formerly the Food Stamp Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said recently.
The agency said that 757,651 Kentuckians are now receiving assistance through the program.

That’s up 13 percent from last year.

“The beauty of the program is that it expands and contracts based on economic conditions,” the agency said in a news release.

Since April, federal stimulus dollars have provided additional $159,253,929 in benefits and administrative support to Kentucky and its citizens, the report said.

Stimulus dollars now give each family of four an additional $80 a month to buy food, it said.

Kentucky also received more than $2 million in food and administrative expenses to support local food banks, pantries and soup kitchens, the report said, and more than $1.7 million to help schools provide nutritious and safe meals.

Nationally, the program is serving more than 38 million people each month.

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