Based on a report released by the NYT on 11/29/09, a dramatic increase in Food Stamps is occurring due to the troubled economy.
Many of the new people receiving aid are folks who never dreamed of needing help six to 10 months ago. Cut back hours, job losses and meager job prospects are the driving forces behind these numbers.
Here’s how Central Florida rates:
Orange Osceola Seminole Lake Volusia Brevard
+71% +74% +65% +87% +75% +76%
Change since 2007 / percentage increase in usage
These are some of the highest increases in the entire country.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida