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Volunteer Don Steer cuts up turkey as he helps prepare trays of Christmas dinners at the Rescue Mission kitchen for delivery to shut-ins and other needy people. Thursday Dec. 25, 2014 David Lassman | dlassman@syracuse.com

One out of every five children in the U.S. relies on food stamps for some meals, according to new data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Though the economy is recovering, that number is still higher than it was before the start of the recession in 2007. In 2014, 16 million children received food stamps. This data and more is in the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual release of data on families and their living arrangements, which came out today. Another trend in the data: The number of children in families with married parents who receive food stamps has doubled since the recession began. In Syracuse, 31 percent of the population used food stamps within the past year, according to 2013 Census estimates. The number was lower for Onondaga County at 14.6 percent for 2013. More