Food stamp caseload rises 5 percent

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah charities that provide food to low-income families say food stamp use grew 5 percent between March and April to more than 78,700 households.

Crossroads Urban Center Director Glenn Bailey says he doesn't expect a slowdown anytime soon.

Baileys says the number of households seeking emergency food from the center was up 30 percent in the first four months of 2009.

Salt Lake Community Action Program officials say demand at their pantries is so high that a six-times per year limit on services has been lifted.

The Good Samaritan outreach program at the Cathedral of the Madeline provides sack lunches to the needy 365 day of the year. Cathedral development director Laurel Dokos estimates demand has increased about 20 percent from two years ago.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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