Food Stamps Put on a Diet

    NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10:  Kethia Dorelus a social worker with the Cooperative Feeding Program displays a Federal food stamps card that is used to purchase food on February 10, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Recent statistics show that nationwide, one in seven Americans receives help from the Federal government with buying food. The food stamp program was used by 43.6 million people in November 2010. Before the recession, the program was serving 26 million.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kethia Dorelus

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    The House and Senate Agriculture committees reached a compromise Monday to cut $800 million from food stamps in the farm bill. The cut represents 1 percent of the program's annual cost, which is less than the 5 percent cut House Republicans passed last year but more than the 0.5 percent cut the Democratic Senate passed last year. A majority of food stamp recipients are working-age people, not the elderly and children who were the main beneficiaries for decades.

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