Five things to know about the drop in Georgia food stamp use

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Five things to know about the drop in Georgia food stamp use

1. Georgia is seeing a significant decrease in the number of people receiving food stamps as the improving economy lifts many recipients into new jobs.

2. The number of Georgians getting food stamps has dropped by 300,000 from 1.9 million in April 2013 to 1.6 million.

3. That decrease of 16 percent in the federally funded program saves taxpayers tens of millions of dollars monthly.

4. The fact that food stamp use has remained relatively high, while the economy has largely rebounded from the recession, makes some believe that many food stamp recipients are taking advantage of the system.

5. Georgia is expanding work requirements to some food stamp recipients.

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