The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans

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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 1:13 pm, Mon Mar 31, 2014.

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps - a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.

Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But a slow economic recovery with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs also plays a big role. It suggests that government spending on the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program - twice what it cost five years ago - may not subside significantly anytime soon.

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