from kezi: Oregon has the highest percentage of people on food stamps in the nation. A newly released U.S. Census survey reports 18 percent of Oregonians said they rely on a federal program for food. Food stamp use in Oregon surged 23 percent last year and has doubled in the past four years. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) says people can't get out of the cycle because of lower wages and continuing unemployment. "If you have a family of three or four and you were getting $17 to $18 an hour, you are now getting $10 to $12. Even if you are employed, you are going to go for the food stamp benefits," said John Radich of the Department of Human Services. In Eugene, 82,000 people used SNAP last month. The state received an award from the Department of Human Services for providing the easiest access to food stamps.