We are only as strong as the weakest among us. And when we turn our backs on them, we become the very thing we hate.
According to the USDA, as of June 2013 there were 362,203 persons in Nevada receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (food stamps). That would be 362,203 out of a total state population of 2,758,931. The population of the state increased by about 2.2% from April 2010 to April 2012. So, the 13.1% of Nevadans currents receiving SNAP help is in line with the 12.9% reported by the Census as living below the poverty line between 2007 and 2010.
The Food Research & Action Center compiled such county statistics as it could in 2009 and reported the following numbers for Nevada counties. (pdf) Lyon County had 3,153 SNAP recipients, (6% of the total population), and 9,095 of its population having incomes 125% under the federal poverty level. Douglas County had 1,575 recipients, 4,207 people in the county were living on less than 125% of the FPL. Washoe County shows 29,018 receiving…
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