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May 22, 2014MARYVILLE, Mo.  |  By: Chris Roush

Food Stamp Use in Nodaway County on the Rise

Studies show that due to the recent recession, the use of food stamps has risen in Nodaway County.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services, in 2011, Nodaway County residents receiving food stamps hit 6.5 percent. However, the rate of food stamp usage in Nodaway County is lower than the state's overall rate. 

Across Missouri in 2011, 15.8 percent of residents received support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Editor of the The Daily Yonder (a news source for the rural United States), Tim Marema, says Nodaway County's results are unusual.

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 Marema adds that SNAP benefits circulate in the economy quickly and residents spend almost all of their food stamps within the first month.