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Atlantic County sees a 12 percent increase in families on food stamps

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic County has seen a 12 percent increase in the number of families on food stamps in the wake of Atlantic City casinos closing.

More than one-third of the county’s 275,000 residents are on some type of assistance.

Family and Economic Assistance director Forrest Gilmore tells The Press of Atlantic City a lot of those seeking help are part-time workers who are eligible for food stamps.

Gilmore says Atlantic County residents collected about $60.4 million in food aid through the SNAP program in 2014. They received about $21 million in the first four months of 2015.

The county is hiring 10 new caseworkers to meet the need.