A fact sheet produced by the Urban
Institute shows that the number of Hoosiers who are receiving Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance — also known as food stamps — has increased by
39 percent from 2007 through 2010.
That's higher than the growth in Kentucky
and Illinois but significantly lower than in Ohio and Michigan, where the
economy has hit hard.
The number of food stamp recipients grew
by 49 percent in Ohio and by 47 percent in Michigan during the three-year
The highest growth was in Nevada, where
the number of recipients grew by 128 percent. The lowest growth was in
Arkansas, according to the Urban Institute.
the number of food stamp recipients is up roughly 69 percent to about 45
The above is one of an ongoing series of reports from the Indiana Statehouse by students at the Franklin College Pulliam School of Journalism.