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Forget India, 1/3rd Americans live on food subsidy

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 13:56

Washington: Nearly one-third of Americans receive subsidized food assistance from the government.

The number of people receiving the assistance has outstripped the total number of people employed in the America`s private sector.
According to, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a total of 101 million people currently participate in at least one of the nation`s 15 federal food programmes.

The assistance programme is cost taxpayers 114 billion dollars 2012.
The food stamp programme represents the largest federally funded food assistance programme, with a record 46.7 million participants, costing 88.6 billion dollars in 2012.

The next largest is the National School Lunch programme that provides 32 million students with low-cost or no-cost meals daily.

According to the report, a July 3 Inspector General`s audit has revealed that there could be overlap in the food programmes offered by the USDA with some households and individuals participating in multiple programmes.


First Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 13:09
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