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Congressman Ellison Talks Food Stamp Challenge

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s a sign of the times. A record 43 million Americans are on food stamps. About 9 percent of Minnesotans — nearly half a million people — depend on food stamps.

Food stamp recipients get $31.50 a week for food. A family of four will receive $126 a week for food stamps.

This week in Washington, D.C., Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison has been eating on a food stamp budget of $4.50 a day. He and some of his colleagues have been living on the food stamp budget to call attention to potential budget cuts in the program.

Watch Esme Murphy’s report above.

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