Garrett Grant works inside a store in the impoverished town of Glendora, Miss. Some 24 percent of Mississippians receive on government food assistance, the highest percentage in the country. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images The Salt Miss. Leads U.S. In Reliance On Food Stamps November 8, 2011 The state of Mississippi has the highest percentage of its population — 24 percent — on food stamps of any state in the country. The director of the SNAP program in Mississippi explains why.