Arizona SNAP, numbers should decrease in 2013 - Tucson News Now

Arizona SNAP, numbers should decrease in 2013

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

New numbers are out, showing one in five Arizonans use food stamps.  More people have been signing up and using assistance, especially in the last five years. 

There are nearly 1.1 million people in Arizona signed up for assistance, with half of them being children.  The overall number has nearly doubled since the recession started in 2007.  Now nearly 20 percent of people in the state get help from SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

National experts believe SNAP recipients will start decreasing next year, but will not hit pre-recession numbers until 2019. 

SNAP is not meant to pay for a family's food all week; studies show it typically covers about two or three weeks worth each month. 

Bills from both parties in Washington D.C. would shrink the food stamps program, eliminating nearly 3 million people nationwide.

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