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May312011

44.6 Million Americans on Food Stamps

George Doyle/Stockbyte(WASHINGTON) -- The number of Americans who rely on the federal government for help buying food continued to increase in March.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 44,587,238 people received SNAP benefits, commonly referred to as "food stamps" -- up 1 percent from February and an increase of more than 11 percent over last year.

Nearly 21 million households are in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Congress is considering plans to make deep cuts in this program.

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