SALEM, Ore. – More than 700,000 Oregonians received food stamps last month. That's the most in Oregon history.
According to Oregon's Department of Human Services, nearly one in five people in the state are relying on government assistance to eat. The national average is one in eight.
State officials said they're seeing more people who have never sought help before seek assistance assistance now. They said more people are applying because their unemployment benefits are running out.
Clackamas and Washington counties both saw a 30 percent increase in people who received food stamps compared to last year. Multnomah County saw a 21 percent jump.