With the number of open applications for food stamps surging, CBS News decided to see how many dogs are being served on the federal food stamp program.
We did the math, and the number is growing.
In the first quarter of 2016, the government processed more than 26 million applications.
The most recent quarter, it processed 2.9 million.
We’re not sure why the number has increased, but the increase is not because of the food stamp programs being closed.
Instead, the increase may be a result of more dogs getting food stamps.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture, which administers the food stamps program, said that there has been a steady increase in the number and size of applications processed.
But she added that she does not believe it is due to any changes in the way the government manages applications.
The food stamp rules have been relaxed over the past few years, making it easier for dogs to get food stamps even though they are not legally allowed to eat in the U.S.
As a result, more dogs are eligible for the food assistance program.
The number of dogs getting a food stamp has increased from 1.9 to 2.0 million since the program began in 2008, according to the USDA.
The increase is part of the government’s attempt to reduce the number in the country, according a recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
It found that the number fell by 2 million in 2015.
More from CBSNews.com:The food stamps programs are designed to help people who cannot afford to buy enough food for their families.
They help families get enough to eat while also paying for food for the dog.
A dog who gets a food stamps card and gets fed is entitled to receive up to $1.25 per pound of food that comes from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the report said.