Number of Illinois households on food stamps on the rise

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State figures show the number of Illinois households on food stamps continues to rise.

The Illinois Department of Human Service says there were 1.07 million households enrolled last month in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That’s up 20,000 from the previous month and is the highest level since at least 2010.

The department says the total number of Illinoisans on food stamps jumped by 37,500 in December, to 2.08 million. That’s the highest since 2.15 million people statewide were participating in the program in June 2013.

Some 60,000 Illinoisans were added to food-stamp rolls last year.