The recession ended 21 months ago. The Food Stamp rolls have increased by about 8 million since then.
As I noted a year ago, this is about “Cliff-Diving Into Dependency,” or getting as many people as possible dependent on government benefits so they will more likely vote for Democrats against meanie Republicans trying to take those benefits away. Food Stamps, as seen here, are now available to people who clearly don’t need them, and to college students, regardless of how well-off their families are.
There is a second graph at ZH showing benefits dropping is incomplete, as it doesn’t go back sufficiently far. Benefit levels are way up over where they need to be: