Working-age American households now a majority of food stamp recipients
For the first time, working-age Americans now make up a majority of those who rely on food stamps. This is a swiitch from a few years ago when children and the elderly were the major beneficiaries.
Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But a slow economic recovery with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs also plays a big role. It suggests that government spending on the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program -- twice what it cost five years ago -- may not subside significantly anytime soon.