Let this number wash over you for a moment - 130,000 families in Shelby County now receive food stamps.
Travis Williams, Program Director for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, revealed the astounding number at “A Taste of Hunger,” an effort to address food insecurity in the Memphis area in a new and creative way.
“We believe there are more people who qualify for the food stamps program in the Memphis area, but the current total of families represents 265,000 people in Shelby County,” Williams told a crowd of 200 community leaders.
Nearly one million people live in Shelby County, the vast majority in the city of Memphis.
Based on Williams’ figures, more than one quarter of Shelby County’s 927,644 residents now receive food stamps.
The eight county metro Memphis area was ranked first in the nation in food insecurity by the Gallup Organization in 2010 in a survey conducted for the Food Resource Action Center.