According to new data from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, 3 million NY State residents were on food stamps in 2010, an 11% increase from 2009. Which means that the 1.7 million city residents on food stamps account for over half of the state's recipients.
The state got $5.1 billion in food stamp benefits last year, with the average monthly benefit per person is just $150. Which will get you about two bags worth of goods at Whole Foods. Minus the sugary drinks.
I'm so glad that other corporate whore in public life - Barack "Race to the Top" Obama, cut food stamps in order to ensure his education reform program wouldn't be cut and his ed deform buddies could continue to receive government largesse.