Arizona food assistance grows - Tucson News Now

Arizona food assistance grows

By Mary K. Reinhart / The Arizona Republic

PHOENX - Nearly one in five Arizonans now rely on food stamps, a statistic that — depending on your point of view — proves that either the state's poverty level is too high or the government program is too generous.

The number of Americans who receive food assistance has soared since the recession took hold four years ago. In Arizona, food-stamp enrollment has doubled, to more than 1.1 million people, according to the state Department of Economic Security, which administers the federal program. About half of those who receive food stamps in Arizona are children.

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