Food Stamp Assistance Increases

The number of people getting food stamps in Mississippi has gone up significantly in the last several months.

The food stamp program now has the new name of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Every county in east Mississippi has seen an increase of at least 19 percent in the last two years of people in the number of people who are receiving SNAP assistance.

The numbers are just out from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees SNAP.

Food stamp usage increase in east Mississippi:
Lauderdale +19%
Kemper +27%
Newton +28%
Neshoba +33%
Clarke +19%

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