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More Americans will use food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinner this year than ever before, according to a new report from the nonprofit government watchdog group The Sunlight Foundation.

The Food Stamp Challenge, which challenges higher-income families to live as if they are on food  stamps, estimates that a person on food stamps has a budget of about  $1.25 per meal. In other words, a family on food stamps must buy an  entire meal per person for less than the cost of an average cup of  coffee.

Usage of food stamps among low and no-income  families has spiked since the collapse of the U.S. financial system four  years ago. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, average  participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program, has increased 70 percent since 2007. And economists have warned that usage of food stamps won’t go down until unemployment improves.

This Thanksgiving, 42.2 million Americans will be on food stamps, according to the Economic Policy Institute. This  is roughly the size of the populations of California and Connecticut  combined.

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