Six million: The number of USians who now "have no income other than food stamps. Food stamps provide an income at a third of the poverty line, close to $6,300 for a family of three. It's hard to understand how they survive."
From Peter Edelman's "Poverty in America: Why Can't We End It?"
Spoiler Alert: Because the people who hold all the power aren't themselves impoverished, and don't have the will or the decency to change it.