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Analysis: 1,970 people in East Central Illinois left food stamp rolls over two years

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By East Central Reporter Reports | Feb 9, 2018

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The number of people receiving food stamps in four East Central Illinois locations dropped by 3.5 percent as President Trump entered office, according to an East Central Reporter analysis of federal data.

In all, 156,653 people left food stamp rolls in Illinois counties from January 2015 to January 2017, according to data obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. Requested in November, the information was made available in January.

Illinois welfare offices are operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services, formerly known as the Illinois Department of Public Aid. 

Fewer food stamp recipients in East Central Illinois

Welfare OfficeCountyJan 2017Jan 2015% CHG
RobinsonCrawford3,5593,825-7.0%
CharlestonColes24,02725,630-6.3%
DanvilleVermillion19,06319,230-0.9%
OlneyRichland7,7287,6620.9%

54,37756,347-3.5%
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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