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July 16, 2012

More older Texans seek food stamp help

HOUSTON — More older Texans apparently struggling to make ends meet have been turning to food stamps.

The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that the state's fastest-growing group receiving food stamps is those ages 60 to 64.

That age range getting food assistance has reached nearly 85,000 this month, compared to about 41,000 in 2007.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission says the total number of recipients from all age groups has increased 58 percent 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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