As jobs vanish and prices rise,
Driven by a painful mix of layoffs and rising food and fuel prices, the number of Americans receiving food stamps is projected to reach 28 million in the coming year, the highest level since the program began in the 1960s.
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Florida is one of six states which saw recipient numbers rise more than 10% from December 2006 to December 2007.
Eligibility is determined by a complex formula, but basically recipients must have few assets and incomes below 130% of the poverty line, or less than $27,560 for a family of four. To see if you qualify, click here.
Read The New York Times article here.