Hundreds of thousands of Floridians living on no income except food stamps

01/04/10 Seán Kinane
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More than 400,000 Floridians have no income besides food stamps. That’s according to a new analysis by the New York Times.

About 12 percent of all Americans receive food stamps and about a quarter of all children. The Times found that about six million Americans who receive food stamps have no other cash income including welfare, unemployment insurance, pensions, child support or disability pay.

Florida is one of only two states where the number of residents with no cash income has doubled since 2007. Today WMNF spoke with Don Winstead, deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, about these alarming numbers.

Their website has detailed information about how many Floridians are on food stamps, broken down by county.

Florida Department of Children and Families

New York Times article

DCF caseload data by county

NY Times interactive map of food stamp recipients by county

Map of increase in food stamp recipients with no other income

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