Well, America has yet another thing to be proud of, a record number of Americans are on food stamps.
Food stamps, the main U.S. antihunger program which helps the needy buy food, set a record in September as more than 31.5 million Americans used the program -- up 17 percent from a year ago.
Assuming that includes all people, not just the applicant, with a population of 305,000,000, this implies about 10-11% of the country is so poor and desperate they have to get food stamps. Bear in mind to even qualify for food stamps, often the income limit is around $1100 dollars and no more than $2000 dollars in assets. In other words, you're dirt poor, broke beyond broke.