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Without job-training requirement more signing up for state food program

More Wisconsinites are getting federal help in paying for their groceries and the weak economy is not the only reason.

About 201,000 households in the Badger State were enrolled in the Food-Share program as of October.

That's a 16.5 percent increase from the same time last year.

Job training used to be a requirement for getting the food benefit, but it's not anymore. That's one reason for the higher usage.

Also, state official Rea Holmes says the program has been modernized so folks can apply for Food-Share benefits online.

Just more than one-third of the program's recipients live in Milwaukee County. The average aid is $217 a month.