Florida Student Food Stamp Use Up 44 Percent

The rate of increase is twice that of the general population.

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First we reported on students using food pantries, and now we have some numbers on food stamps. The number of college students receiving stamps in the state of Florida was up 44 percent in July compared with last year, which is about twice the rate of increase in the Florida population as a whole, the Miami Herald reports. That's 54,116 students in the state.

An applicant could receive up to $162 per month, depending on income, to buy food, but the stamps can be used only for staples such as milk, bread, cereal, meat, fruits, and vegetables. Not surprisingly, alcohol, cigarettes, toilet paper, toothpaste, and the like are not allowed. Also not allowed: "prepared deli foods such as hot cooked chicken." Good to know.