Food Stamp Use: Up 70% Since 2007, and Growing
Improving economy will limit recipients after that, says CBO report
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 20, 2012 7:16 AM CDT
A sign announcing the acceptance of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards is seen at a farmers market in Roseville, Calif.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – We earlier reported that 45 million Americans are currently on food stamps, and a new report out of the Congressional Budget Office puts that number in perspective: The number of food stamp users has jumped 70% since 2007, and shows no signs of stopping. The CBO expects it to rise for two more years. In 2007, the program cost $30 billion; the figure has risen to $72 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports, with the bulk of that spending increase due to the increased rolls.

The good news is that a rosier economy should prompt a decrease in food stamp recipients after 2014, the CBO says. The bad news? Beneficiary numbers "will remain high by historical standards." It expects about 34 million to be on the program in 2022 at a cost of $73 billion, making it "among the highest of all non-health-related federal support programs for low-income households."

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Apr 20, 2012 2:28 PM CDT
Instead of making this a republican or democrat thing, or a Bush or Obama thing, let's understand that food stamps usage was around for a very long time. Let's help those that need help, THEN help those folk off of the program, by becoming self sufficient. It's all about the job market.
Apr 20, 2012 2:10 PM CDT
Corporations made record profits after the economic collapse of 08. They fired a ton of people and never hired them back, and they are making out like bandits. Whose fault is it that the economy is going nowhere?
Apr 20, 2012 1:05 PM CDT
If you open up a window where people can go to get money then people will quit their jobs and go stand in line to get money at your window.