One in five children in the United States relies on food stamps for a meal, suggesting an uneven economic recovery that is leaving low-income families behind.
The total spiked to 16 million last year, surpassing pre-recession levels when one in eight, or nine million, were on food stamps, Reuters reported Thursday, citing federal data.
Republicans in Congress have sought to cut back on the food stamp program as part of a larger plan to balance the budget.
Early last year, lawmakers proposed US$40 billion in cuts from the program over 10 years. The final farm bill signed into law trimmed US$8.6 billion from the program, eliminating benefits for about 850,000 people, according to estimates by anti-hunger advocates.
Other findings of the survey show a rapidly changing America in which more children are being raised in single-parent homes and more young people are delaying marriage.
Of the 73.7 million US children under 18, about 27 percent were living in single parent homes last year, tripling the 9 percent in 1960.
The number of marriages also dwindled last year with less than half of households in America made up of married couples compared with three-quarters in 1940, the survey found.
The median age for people first getting married in 2014 was 29 for men and 27 for women up from 24 and 21 respectively in 1947.
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