Georgia officials say the number of families using food stamps has dramatically increased, and it may continue to skyrocket
as unemployment and foreclosures continue to rise.
Mark Washington, who heads Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services, says the agency had 468,848 food-stamp cases in October. That's 73,153 more cases than last year, an increase of more than 18 percent. Each case can include an entire family, so the actual number of people who received the $130 million in aid is probably higher. The figure has nearly doubled since fiscal year 2000, when an average of 236,329 people used food stamps each month.
Officials say they're seeing more working-class people, including factory workers and office workers, collecting food stamps for the first time.