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FOOD AID
(2007-02-12)
(wgvu) - NEARLY 2 MILLION RESIDENTS IN MICHIGAN ARE RECEIVING GOVERNMENT FOOD ASSISTANCE.
ACCORDING TO THE DETROIT NEWS, THAT'S THE HIGHEST NUMBER HERE IN THE MORE THAN 40-YEAR HISTORY OF THE FEDERAL FOOD STAMP PROGRAM AND MORE THAN IN ALL BUT FIVE STATES.
THE COST OF PROVIDING FOOD STAMPS FOR MICHIGAN FAMILIES WAS UP 145% OVER 5 YEARS TO NEARLY $1.25 BILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR. THE GOVERNMENT ESTIMATES THAT MORE THAN
300,000 RESIDENTS WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING ASSISTANCE COULD QUALIFY FOR IT IF THEY APPLIED.
THE STATE'S STRUGGLING ECONOMY IS A MAJOR FACTOR, BUT RULE CHANGES ALLOWING MORE PEOPLE TO QUALIFY FOR ASSISTANCE HAVE ALSO BOOSTED NUMBERS.

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