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.