Jan 29, 2015 6:02 PM

Alarming number of kids on food stamps across the US, including NH


While the economy is showing major signs of improvement, there's an alarming sign indicating we still have a long way to go.

One in five kids in America, or 20%, are on food stamps. That's a total of 16 million children. That number is way up. Before the great recession hit in 2007, it was one in eight kids, 9 million, living on food stamps. The data comes from the U.S. Census 2014 Survey on Families.

The same trend is true in New Hampshire where at the end of 2014 one in six children, or 16%, were on food stamps. That's a total of 44,725 children. Again, that's way up from 2007 numbers when one in 11, or 9%, were on food stamps. The total at 20,000 fewer kids on food stamps then compared to now.

The study found of the 73.7 million children under 18 in the United States:
--10% live with a grandparent
--15% have a stay-at-home mother
--0.6% have a stay-at-home father
--27% live with one parent - that number has tripled since 1960


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