Tuesday, March 31, 2009

600K to get food stamps via stimulus

Clout St:
About 600,000 needy Illinoisans will get an increase in food stamps thanks to the federal economic stimulus, the state announced today.

Gov. Pat Quinn said the federal aid will help at this time of recession because "Illinois families are struggling to put food on the table."

The state is getting $890 million to increase food stamp benefits, the administration said. Illinois also expects an additional $11.5 million for food banks. Illinois Illinois already has ordered 3.5 million pounds of food for food banks, the administration said.

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