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Record number of Hillsborough residents rely on food stamps

Record number of Hillsborough residents rely on food stamps

TAMPA, Fla (TBO.com)- Despite improvements in the economy, a record number of Hillsborough County residents rely on government help to feed themselves and their children, according to figures from the state and school district.

When school starts in the county next week, 71,000 students will receive free breakfasts and lunches, an unprecedented number, according to Mary Kate Harrison, general manager for student nutrition at Hillsborough County Schools.

This time last year, 58,000 students were enrolled in the free meal program.

What’s driving the growth?



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