Study: More working-age people on food stamps

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new study shows for the first time, people who are of working-age now make up the majority of American households that rely on food stamps.

Roadrunner Food Bank staff say they are seeing a steady increase in the number of working-age people applying for food stamps.

The nation-wide study says since 1980, the fastest growing group of people receiving food stamps is workers with some college training.

Recent data shows that over half of New Mexico food stamp recipients are in working families, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Mobile Food Pantry staff say it’s becoming more common for low-wage workers to supplement their income with food stamps, just to make ends meet.

“I’m seeing a lot more people saying they do work, but don’t get a high-enough wage to support 2 to 4 kids,” said Michael J. Bennett, Programs Director at Holy Family Parish.

“Work is not enough money for me to meet my obligations,” said Jay Brown, who is applying for food stamps.

Mobile Food Pantry staff say lines have been really growing ever since the last round of food stamp cuts in November, when the food stamp benefit boost created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ended.

In New Mexico, the Roadrunner Food Bank serves hundreds of thousands of clients ever year through mobile pantries. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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