Food Stamp Use On The Rise, Part 2 — Suncoast Stats

After the previous post, I called the Florida Department of Children and Families to find out how Food Stamp usage has changed over the past year for our neck of the woods. Turns out that the Suncoast is leading the way on the drastic rise of families on Food Stamps. (The data indicates number of families, not number of individuals.)

County

Apr 2007

Apr 2008

Pct Change

Lee

10,768

17,147

59%

Charlotte

2,566

4,065

58%

Hendry

1,782

2,249

26%

Collier

4,416

5,824

32%

Glades

215

275

28%

Hendry

1,782

2,249

26%

DeSoto

1,248

1,581

27%

Manatee

6,356

8,755

38%

Sarasota

6,011

8,793

46%

Pasco

13,377

17,282

29%

Pinellas

30,066

35,298

17%

Hillsborough

41,716

52,685

26%

SunCoast

120,303

156,203

23%

Pinellas managed to fall below the 19% state average (odd to congratulate a county for only having 17% more hungry families), but Hillsborough is way past it. And Sarasota, uh, all I can say is ... wow. Things are looking grim on the Suncoast. Check out the previous post for ideas on how to help out.

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