You judge the economic recovery by GDP or job statistics. Or you can judge it this way: according to new Census Bureau data, a record 23 million households in the US, or 48 million people, were enrolled in food stamps during June. CNS offered some perspective on those big numbers:
That outnumbers the 20,618,000 households that the Census Bureau estimated were in the entire Northeastern United States [Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania] as of the second quarter of 2013.
Furthermore, in fiscal 2009, there was a monthly average of 15.2 million households, or 33.5 million people, on food stamps. You know what that means? Those 23 million households — a fifth of total US households — on food stamps in June exceeded that 2009 monthly average by a whopping 52%. And that’s not even with everyone eligible participating.