A record 41.8 million Americans received food stamps in July

WASHINGTON, D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - According to the government, as the jobless rate soared near a 27-year high, the number of Americans collecting food stamps rose to a record 41.8 million in July.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food sales increased 18 percent from a year earlier, and increased 1.4 percent from June.

The White House estimates an average of 43.3 million people, which is more than an eighth of the population, will receive food stamps each month in the year that began Oct. 1.

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