6.28 percent of Oak Park residents receive food stamps
An analysis of data by the West Cook News found 6.28 percent of people in Oak Park were receiving food stamps as of April 30.
Oak Park is in ZIP codes 60301, 60302 and 60304, which include a total of 52,524 people. Of that number, 3,304 (6.29 percent) were receiving food stamps as of April 30, down from 3,505 (6.67 percent) in the fourth quarter of 2015.
DHS said a family of four earning $40,020 per year receives $649 per month.
A family of six earning $53,748 per year receives $925 per month.
An individual earning $19,428 receives $194 per month. A childless couple earning $26,292 receives $357.
Approximately 16 percent of Illinois residents currently receive food stamps.
Nationally, 46.5 million Americans receive food stamps, or 15 percent of the U.S. population and 20 percent of U.S. households.
In contrast, in 2000, 17.2 million Americans (6 percent) received food stamps. In 2008, that number was 28.2 million (9.3 percent).
In 1969, 2.878 million Americans received food stamps, or just 0.014 percent of the U.S. population.