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Food Stamps: Millions Going Hungry

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(NBC) - While the nation's leaders continue to look for ways to boost the economy, millions of Americans are going without food.

In a new report from the U.S Department of Agriculture, the number of poverty stricken Americans who repeatedly ran short on food shot up by 800,000 in 2011.

That means nearly 17 million people had to skip meals or not eat for a day because they didn't have enough money to buy food.

High unemployment and a sputtering economy have driven the need for food stamps to record levels and analysts say it is likely to worsen.

In June, the government reported a record 46.7 million Americans were enrolled for food stamps, up by over 170,000 from May.

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