The use of food stamps in Scott County increased byfood-stamp-chart almost six percentage points during the recent economic recession, new data compiled by an associate professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service shows.

According to the data, compiled by Robert Gallardo, PhD, the proportion of Scott County residents receiving food stamps hit 37.3 percent in 2011, an increase of 5.8 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started.

Across Tennessee, 20.4 percent of residents in 2011 received support from the food stamp program. Nationally, 14.8 percent of the population receives food stamp benefits.

Communities located outside metropolitan areas — like Scott County — tend to have a higher percentage of the population receiving food stamp benefits, because incomes are generally lower.

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