Food Stamps Surge for Thanksgiving

    DORAL, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Frozen turkeys are piled up on a table to be given to people as they prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday on November 13, 2012 in Doral, Florida.  The event was put on by the City of Sweetwater and the Miami Dade League of Cities to distribute 1000 turkeys and non-perishable items to four municipalities located throughout Miami-Dade County.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Joe Raedle

    More Thanksgiving dinners will be purchased this year using food stamps than ever before. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that 42.2 million Americans will be on food stamps when Thursday rolls around. For perspective, that’s equal to roughly the populations of California and Connecticut combined. That’s a 70 percent increase since 2007, and the cost to feed all of those people hit a record $72 billion last year. According to the Food Stamp Challenge, the budget of a person on food stamps is $1.25 per meal.

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