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Food-stamp nation

(article, Culinate staff)

As local news outlets around the country have noted lately, the number of Americans relying on food stamps to stave off starvation has hit an all-time high, with more than 45 million Americans enrolled in the federal food-stamp program. (That's approximately 15 percent of the total U.S. population, or 1 in 7 Americans.) The Economist did a good job parsing the numbers back in July, but the question remains: Will the current financial mess in D.C. mean cutbacks to the food-stamp program just as more and more people need it?