QUICK STATS: 3 Percent of Area Population Uses Food Stamps

Communities to the west, report fewer families on food stamps.

About 3 percent of each population in Hampton Bays, Westhampton Beach and Quogue use food stamps to supplement their grocery purchases.

According to the U.S. Census Department American Community Survey Estimates, a total of 275 people in Hampton Bays, Westhampton Beach and Quogue have reported receiving food stamps in the past 12 months.

No families in East Quogue, Quiogue, West Hampton Dunes, or Westhampton reported using food stamps during that same time period.

In Hampton Bays, of the 6450 households, 229 or 3.55 percent of the population are receiving food stamps. 179 of them are classified as white households, 37 hispanic.

In the Village of Quogue, 3.07 percent of the population is getting food stamps. Of the 8 households of a total 260 receiving them, three are white and 5 are classified as American Indian.

And in the Village of Westhampton Beach, Of the 1015 households, 38 or 3.74 percent of the population are using food stamps; all of them white households.

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  • Census: Hispanic Population Counts Illegals in Tally
  • 2010 Census: Population Rises in East Quogue and Hampton Bays
  • 2010 Census: Hispanic Population on the Rise in Western Southampton
  • Census: Vacancy Rate Higher in Westhampton Beach and Quogue

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Ana Saldierna January 17, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Ok....where are the comments????
Victoria Kingwell January 17, 2013 at 02:45 PM
In my 3 years managing the Westhampton Beach Farmers Market, I could never understand why people didn't use their food stamps in the Market. There is a token system set up in which the beneficiary can discretely purchase dollar "coins" to spend on fresh food at the Market - and I know that anyone who did received a very good value for their dollars. This past year it was used exactly twice.
Boo January 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Are they talking about renters too? Or just homeowners? It seems like there's a lot more than 3%.
Donna Monti January 22, 2013 at 12:53 AM
I understand food stamps are set up for those who need help, but in my experience as a shopper in riverhead, some of the users seem to buy awfully expensive items for someone on a budget. I have seen people buying whole filet minions, bags of frozen shrimp, and such and paying with food stamps . Doesn't the government regulate what can be purchased like they do on the WIC programs?


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