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California Food Stamp Participation, Second To Last In US

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According to federal estimates released Wednesday, California ranks second to last in the nation as only half of all eligible Californians received food stamps in 2008, placing our state well below the national average of 66 percent, reports LA Now. CA officials dispute calculation methods and assert the figures are outdated.

Said Maricela Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the California Department of Social Services, “The information is based on 2008 data which is three years old, and it doesn’t reflect the impact of some of the recent program changes that were made to increase the access of needy eligible families and adults,” reports LA Now.

In October 2010, more than 3.5 million Californians received the benefit, nearly 46% more than in October 2008. However it is unclear whether benefit enrollment has grown in step with the number of people who now qualify.