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Monday, January 27, 2014

The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans

Maggie Barcellano sits down for dinner with her daughter, Zoe, 3, at Barcellano's father's house in Austin, Texas on Saturday. Barcellano, who lives with her father, enrolled in the food stamps program to help save up for paramedic training while she works as a home health aide and raises her daughter. Working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps, a switch from a few years ago when children and the elderly were the main recipients.