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More Illinoisans Relying on Food Stamps, Pantries

    (AP) — The number of Illinois residents relying on food stamps and visiting food banks is rising along with the poverty rate.

    The number of food stamp recipients increased 19 percent during the recent recession and has increased an additional 41 percent since it ended in June 2009.

    At the same time, households served by the state's emergency food

    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago