Nightly News | August 03, 2011
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: And we saw some astounding new numbers that came out today. They show the number of Americans relying on food stamps has hit another all-time record. These numbers would come as a huge disappointment to President Lyndon Johnson , who launched his war on poverty back in 1964 . Nearly 46 million of your fellow citizens are receiving food stamp assistance. That represents 21 million American households. Numbers went up in 49 out of 50 states . Nowhere more than Alabama , which saw a 120 percent surge in food stamp use. Listen to
this: 36 percent of the state's population now receiving government food aid , over a third of the people in that state. The Department of Agriculture suspects the increase can be attributed at least part time to the Tuscaloosa tornado.