Food stamps

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Food stamp rolls surged amid the recession, and as of 2013, 48 million Americans were receiving the benefits -- the highest number on record.

The average recipient gets $133 a month from the program, but some of those benefits are now on the chopping block in Congress.

First published January 28, 2014: 7:06 AM ET
Charts by CNNMoney's Dana Lipnickas and Dominic Aratari

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