I was reading the news tonight and ran across an article with what I think is very disturbing news. It seems that as of this month there are over 118,000 people in Montana receiving food stamps which is over 12% of our total state population. The total recipients in July of 2009 totaled over 100,000 people.
Food stamps are now called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and the recipient is given a debit card issued by the state program. The big increase is apparently following the national trend here in Montana and as of this May 40.8 million people nationwide are receiving this benefit which is a 19% increase from a year ago.
The economy has left many people unemployed and part of the increase is from people that have used up all their unemployment benefits and are just getting by.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services website shows that a family of 4 can have no more than $3,401 monthly income to qualify
With the projected decrease in State revenues this year it would appear that our local legislators will have some hard decisions to make this session