Food Stamp Use in Blue Earth County Falls to 7 Year Low

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(Mankato, MN) – The number of people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Blue Earth County has fallen to its lowest level in seven years.

The average monthly caseload for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) last year was 2,125. That’s the lowest its been since 2010. However, the decline in help putting food on the table comes as the use of other public assistance continues to climb.

The average monthly caseload in Blue Earth County last year for health care programs was nearly 7,500, more than double the figure from 2010. The average caseload for financial assistance reached 8,800. Both of those are record highs.

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