Food stamps can be hard to find when you’re looking for food at your local grocery store.
But that’s no longer the case as Florida has seen a surge in demand for food stamps.
As of September 1, the state had more than 1.5 million people on food stamps who are looking for more, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
This year, the number of food stamp recipients has grown to nearly 10 million.
The rise has been especially significant in the south and east, where food stamp usage has grown faster than in the rest of the state, according the department.
“We have more food stamps recipients in Florida now than we did in the last four years,” said Debbie Burch, a spokesperson for the Florida Association of Food Banks.
The number of people receiving food stamps has also increased from about 8.5 percent in 2015 to 9.5 in 2016. “
I think it’s just because of the way we’re going to feed our kids and how our food is going to be packaged and sold.”
The number of people receiving food stamps has also increased from about 8.5 percent in 2015 to 9.5 in 2016.
“It’s been one of the biggest growth rates in the state of Florida,” Burch said.
“Food stamp usage in the United States has grown by about 20 percent since 2010.”
The Florida Department for Agriculture and Child Development says there are approximately 10.8 million Americans receiving food assistance this year, up from about 7.6 million in 2015.
But the number who are receiving food stamp benefits has increased in a number of states, with New York seeing the biggest increase, according a USDA report.
“New York, which is the biggest recipient, increased its food stamp population from about 1.6 to 1.9 million,” said Rebecca Mays, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Health.
It’s not just the size of the food stamp populations in Florida, either. “
There’s a lot of growth in New York because of our growing economy, but I would say we’re seeing a huge increase in the number getting food stamps.”
It’s not just the size of the food stamp populations in Florida, either.
The Florida Food Bank is one of only a handful of food banks that are also accepting donations in addition to cash.
“People are finding it really easy to donate food because of how easy it is,” Bursam said.
While food stamps have historically been difficult to access for low-income Americans, the rise in demand has given food banks a new opportunity to help them.
“In some states, they’re only able to help you if you have some cash,” Bikes said.
The food banks are getting a lot more requests for help from low-wage workers.
“The demand is so much that it’s really hard to keep up,” Bains said.
Many of the people receiving benefits also have kids.
“They don’t want to give their kids food stamps because they don’t think they’ll have enough money to feed them,” Barge said.
This summer, the food banks in Florida will begin accepting food from their donors.
If you need help, you can contact your local food bank, or check out our Florida food bank list.