Colorado sees dip in new requests for food stamps
DENVER, Colorado – Colorado officials say the number of new applications for food stamps fell about 16 percent in May, the largest drop in a single month since December.
There were 13,859 new food-stamp applications in May, down from 16,578 in April, but total caseloads are still at an all-time high amid the recession. Several Front Range counties have fallen behind in getting people food stamps within 30 days, as required by federal law.
There were 144,655 Colorado households receiving some sort of food assistance in May, up from 141,583 households in April.
Nevertheless, state Department of Human Services spokeswoman Liz McDonough says the department is grateful for any break in the growth of new applications. She says it’s a hopeful sign.
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