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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new analysis shows the number of Delaware residents receiving food stamps has nearly tripled over the past decade.

Date obtained from the Department of Health and Social Services shows the number of food stamp recipients in each zip code. Every county experienced an increase. The growth in the number of food stamp recipients outpaced the 14 percent increase in the state's population.

Don Rush

There may be a respite from the winter cold, but the homeless shelter in West Ocean City, Diakonia, is seeing a rapid rise in the demand for food from needy families. The uptick comes just as congress approved the Farm Bill with an $8.7 billion cut in food stamps. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Diakonia's executive director Claudia Nagle about the rise in demand for food.

Maryland News Connection

Food Stamp recipients in Maryland are expected to take a hit in their benefits beginning in November with the expiration of the 2009 federal stimulus package.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.


The defeat of the Farm Bill in the House by a vote of 195 to 234 yesterday has many Marylanders who rely on the Food Stamp program breathing a bit easier.

But as Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns reports there are fears for the future.

Don Rush

Senator Barbara Mikulski hailed the Senate passage of the farm bill declaring the measure would bolster Maryland’s $2 billion agricultural industry.

The Maryland Democrat said the legislation would provide a stronger safety net for dairy producers with a market stabilization program, while increasing agricultural block grants from $55 million to $70 million a year.

Maryland’s senior Senator also said that the Farm Bill made crucial reform to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that without reducing benefits or removing anyone from its rolls.

Needy Families,

Delaware ranks third in the nation for those struggling to afford food.

A Gallop survey found that 22 percent of First State residents are most likely to find it difficult to feed their families.

Ray Fitzgerald with the Division of Social Services told the Wilmington News Journal that 146-thousand people now receive food stamps after four years of the Great Recession.

He said that the state is trying to reduce that number through partnerships with various nonprofit organizations and school districts in Delaware.


Delmarva’s farmers markets could soon be taking food stamps.

In the past many have been able to accept vouchers for the Women, Infants and Children’s program and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

But farmers for years have not had the technology to take vouchers from the Electronic Benefit Transfer System that is used to provide food stamp benefits.