As my story in today’s Floyd Press points out, one out of every eight households in Floyd County currently need food stamps to feed their families.

That’s a dramatic increase from eight years ago when one out of every 18 used food stamps.

County social services director Carl Ayers says applications for food stamps and other public assistance increase 20-25 percent every month as his department struggles to keep up with an ever-increasing case load.

We’re not talking about newcomers or illegal immigrants here (you need a valid Social Security number to apply) but long-time Floyd County families who have sought help for the first time in their lives.

Most of these folks have little or no income and property valued at less than $2,000 (including cars and personal belongings).

Anyway you slice it, that’s hurting in hard economic times.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. I thought he said they were up 25% from last year, not from last month but I could be mistaken.

  2. That is just so sad, Floyd has been hit so really terribly hard with this economy
    are we yes every one of us going to vote next time? I really hope so, it is so sad to see the numbers on voting days , incredible low turn outs here in Floyd
    We have got to get these Representatives out of office, that are doing such a terrible job.
    November it’s time for Us to speak PLEASE inform yourselves and vote

    • Bob: Most of the representatives in government, including President Bush, who created the billion dollar deficit and whose policies (or lack thereof) resulted in the mortgage & housing crisis WERE voted out of office in November 2008. The current representatives, including President Obama, were recipients of a financial mess that will takes years to reverse….if that is even possible. Back in 1999, Bush instigated the current recession during his first campaign for President by repeatedly making too much of the only economic “downturn” that happened during the Clinton administration — a financial “self-correction” in the stock market in IT industry in 1999. Fortunately for him, and unfortunately for the country, that little bit of an economic downturn occurred during Bush’s campaign. His incessant harping on it caused people to eventually believe it was a bigger deal than it really was and, as a result, the economy was never in good shape during his own administration, which will be remembered for the financial chaos that has affected not only our country, but the rest of the world. Why is it that Republicans are thought of as “fiscally conservative,” whereas Democrats are branded as “tax and spend.” The biggest deficits of the second half of the 20th century (and the first 8 years of the 21st century) developed during Republican administrations.

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