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Growing number of food stamps for Alabama residents

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Nearly 1 in 5 Alabama residents receive food stamps.  The number is growing again, after declining in recent months.  In May, the number rose to nearly 907,000 people on food stamps.  That's 19% of Alabama residents.  The increase coincided with the state's unemployment rate going up in May after declining for several months.  Experts say it's too early to tell if the increase in food stamp use is a bump on the road to recovery or the beginning of a trend.