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Idaho Food Stamp Participants Double the National Average

TWIN FALLS, Idaho - Officials say the increase in the number of Idaho residents receiving food stamps between March 2009 and March 2010 is more than the double the national average. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition reports that Idaho participation in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program increased by 42.5 percent, compared to the national increase of 21.1 percent.

Officials say more than 200,000 of Idaho's 1.55 million residents are enrolled in the program that in 2009 provided an average of about $123 per month in food assistance. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare spokesman Tom Shanahan tells The Times-News that the state has been reviewing about 8,500 new food stamp applications each month.

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