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Census: Hunterdon County food stamp usage highest in N.J. in 2010

hunterdon051309_optBY BOB HOLT

Last year’s median household income in Hunterdon County was $97,874, which was the highest in New Jersey and fourth-highest total in the U.S. Yet Census Bureau data says that among counties with more than 65,000 people, the increase in households using food stamps was greatest in Hunterdon.

Businessweek reports that the number of people using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, grew to 1,424 in 2010 from 232 in 2007, an increase of 513 percent. The total of food stamp applicants in Somerset County more than tripled, going from 1,237 to 3,777. Somerset County, has the eighth-highest household income in the U.S. at $94,270. No. 10 Morris County saw its food-stamp usage jump from 1,680 to 4,076.

NPR reports that to qualify for food stamps, someone’s household income can't exceed $2,008 a month for a family of four, which is 130 percent of the poverty line, And applicants are required to list all of their income, including stock dividends, and bank accounts.

In Mercer County, use of food stamps more than doubled between 2007 and 2010. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said, “In some of those affluent counties it’s hidden even more because it’s unexpected and because the people there try to hide it.”

According to the Nation, 46.3 million, or one out of every seven people in the U.S. use the food stamp program in a day. And $45.2 billion added to the program from stimulus money has helped millions hurt by the recession. Census Bureau statistics say food stamps moved 3.9 million people’s incomes over the poverty line in 2010.

Comments (2)
2 Thursday, 29 December 2011 08:26
I am indigenous to hunterdon, back when it was a friendly relaxed place, over 50+ yrs ago. I watched the 'gentrification' and it aint nice the rich get it all and dont give back usually, because they dont think that they are wealthy...just normal peeps huh? This is proof. We here in hunterdon use taxes to keep out riff-raff huh? oh, or its a 5 acre minimum lot size right? The rich are first on line for affordable housing too, I guess they use the spouse, or kid who is unemployed to do it...they are used to stealing from the poorer folks - just they 'pay' employees a reasonable wage to try to live on. Oops, u got me started, so I'll stop here.
1 Sunday, 18 December 2011 18:09
Money is currency that has to be earned.
Food stamps are the new free currency.

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