I was digging through the STATS Indiana website this morning and was surprised by some numbers. One of the most glaring was the total dollars issued in food stamps each month in Jefferson County, Indiana.
For example, the May 2012 report shows 4,530 food stamp recipients (2,023 households) in our county. That translates to 14% of local residents (based on 32,249 population count). $581,965 total in just one month, the average per recipient was around $128.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the formal name for the government food stamps program. Indiana residents can learn more from the official website and see where to apply in Madison.
The program is designed for lower income families and the guidelines adjust depending on the number of people in the household. For example, a qualifying family of four can make up to $2,422 per month. Click here to see the food stamps income limits.
Jefferson County Division of Family Resources
493 W Hutchinson Lane, Ste A
Madison, IN 47250-7830
Telephone/Fax Number: (800) 403-0864
For more background, you can read about the history of Food Stamps on Wikipedia. You can also see the local efforts at improving support for low income residents at the Jefferson County Clearing House.
Click here to see some of these numbers for yourself or scroll down to see the statistics we complied. These figures have climbed steadily. For comparison sake, here is the May numbers going back ten years. 2003 was the first available data on their website.
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