Number of the Day: 253,684

The Great Recession is no more profoundly felt than by New Jersey’s children, 253,684 of whom were living with families receiving food stamps in 2009. That’s roughly one in eight children, or some 33,000 more than the year before. Still,the release today of the 2010 Kids Count Data Book shows New Jersey has made some gains. It is now ranked 7th among states for children’s wellbeing. And the numbers for infant mortality and teens not enrolled in high school or receiving a diploma have both dropped. That said, children living below the poverty line — just $21,000 for a family of four — rose to 13 percent in 2008. Based on the foodstamp figures they’re sure to go higher.