Half of Nation’s Poor Don’t Get Food Stamps

A recent study by the National Priorities Project shows that, “half of the nation’s eligible poor aren’t getting the food stamps to which they’re entitled.”

“The District of Columbia had the highest participation rate in 2004, at 71.8 percent, while Missouri ranked first among the 50 states in getting food stamps to its low-income residents. Nevada ranked last among states, with 32 percent of its eligible residents getting food stamps.”

Furthermore, “The study found that a significant number of counties, 13.2 percent, had below-average percentages of low-income people participating in the program, even though they had above-average poverty rates.”

Source: Study: Half of Nation’s Poor Don’t Get Food Stamps

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