02/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Food Stamp Use Rose In 2008

SPRINGFIELD -- More Illinois residents turned to food stamps last year to get meals on the table.

Nearly 1.4 million people in Illinois used food stamps in November. That compares to nearly 1.3 million in November of the previous year.

Illinois Department of Human Services spokesman Tom Green blames both higher food prices and the struggling economy for the increase.

Most low-income households can qualify for food stamp benefits. Applications are taken at state DHS offices.

A family of four can get up to $588 a month for groceries through the program.