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Texas Seniors On Food Stamps More Than Doubled Since 2007

Older Texans apparently struggling to make ends meet have been turning to food stamps.

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The state’s fastest-growing group receiving food stamps is those ages 60 to 64. Nearly 85,000 men and women in that age group are getting food assistance this month, compared to about 41,000 thousand in 2007.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission says the total number of recipients from all age groups has increased 58% in the same time period.

The agency says the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, currently has about 3.6 million participants. Spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman says the growth of the senior group has been outstripping all other ages since 2007.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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