LONG BEACH - Food Stamp use has increased by 43 percent since 2007 in Pacific County, according to a new analysis by the New York Times.

The Times last week reported on the reliance on the federal food aid program in each county in the nation. In the U.S. as a whole, Food Stamps currently help feed one in eight Americans and one of every four children.

In Pacific County, one in every six people overall was fed by Food Stamps in June 2009. Nearly one child in three in the county is receiving this assistance.

In Wahkiakum County, participation now roughly equals that in the nation as a whole, with Food Stamp use soaring by 77 percent since 2007.

In Clatsop County, 16 percent of all people are on Food Stamps, including one in every four kids. As in Pacific County, usage has climbed 43 percent in the past two years.

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