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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