The first state-run food stamp program is underway in Mississippi

The Mississippi Food Stamp Office has opened a new location for the state’s first state food stamp offices in Mississippi.

The office in Jackson, which has served the state since 2011, was created in response to a statewide hunger crisis that has resulted in an increase in welfare benefits.

The offices opened Tuesday.

The offices will serve up to 5,000 people at a time, which is up from 1,000 at this time last year, according to the agency’s website.

More: Mississippi is home to more than 4.6 million people on food stamps.

More: The Mississippi Department of Human Services says more than 100,000 families receive food assistance each month.