Idaho Sees Sharp Increase In Families Receiving Food Stamps

Nov 23, 2011

BOISE, ID – The number of Idaho families receiving food stamps increased sharply between 2009 and 2010.  That’s according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey released last week.   Even more Idaho families are receiving food stamps this year, but the growth rate is slowing down.

Idaho’s 46 percent spike in number of families getting food stamps ranked second only to Nevada during the period of study.  Across the country, about 2 million more families were added to food stamp programs during 2009 to 2010.  In Idaho, that number ballooned by about 23,000 to nearly 72,000 families.  Emily Simnitt with the state Department of Health and Welfare says more families are being added to Idaho’s food stamp program this year.

Emily Simnitt:  “What we are seeing now is while we are still continuing to grow that growth rate has started to slow down a little bit.”

Simnitt says recent positive news about the Idaho economy and unemployment may be causing the food stamp rate to slow down.  But what happens in the coming months remains uncertain.

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