You may have seen this story, headlined “Food stamps’ use soars,” from The New York Times in the TNT today, or spotted it elsewhere.
Unless you saw the chart that accompanied the article in the print version of the Times, though, you didn’t discover that Washington by far experienced the greatest increase in food stamp use last year.
The number of recipients in Washington grew 25.6 percent from December 2006 to December 2007, the chart indicates. But there’s an asterisk that denotes “Temporary increase in response to natural disaster.”
So that must be due to the flooding that hit Lewis County and other parts of Southwest Washington last winter. I’ll check around and see what the rate of change was if the flood-related aid wasn’t included.