Welcome to food stamp nation, where the conventional wisdom says our economy is recovering, yet dependency on government, as evidenced by the number of people receiving food stamps, continues to grow. Roughly one in every 6.5 households are now enrolled in SNAP– up again in September — according to new USDA data.

The most recent data on SNAP participation were released Friday, and showed that 47,710,324 people were enrolled in the program in September, an increase of 607,559 from the 47,102,765 enrolled in August.

The number of households enrolled in the program also increased from 22,684,463 in August to 22,973,698 in September, an increase of 289,235. The average benefit, according to the new data, was $134.29 per person and $278.89 per household.