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14% of Americans receive food stamps

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What strikes me as a Utah resident is that nearly 10% of Utah’s 2.8 million residents are on food stamps (and federally mandated cuts are coming)

And yet Utah has one of the lowest food stamp usage rates in the country. Mississippi heads the list with 20.6%, followed by Oregon with 20%. That’s 1/5 of their residents!

The qualification guidelines are complicated (hard to believe for a government program), but to qualify, basically income must be below the poverty level. That’s a pretty striking statement on our national well being!

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