Number of Food Stamp Recipients Soars Under Obama


One of President Obama’s legacies after leaving office will be an increased number of Americans using food stamps.

During Obama’s presidency, it has been reported that the number of food stamp recipients has gone up by 10.7 million people, resulting in a 32 percent increase since he took office in 2009, according to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) data released by the Department of Agriculture.

SNAP benefits provide vouchers for groceries for qualifying low-income Americans.

Nearly 33,490,000 people received food stamp benefits when Obama began his presidency, and over the past 8 years since he has been in the White House, that number has soared to 44,219,123, which is an increase of about 10,729,000 people, according to the most recent data.

The U.S. Census Bureau determined the population of the U.S. in October 2016 to be 324,607,826, which translates to almost 14% of the total population receiving food stamps.

The staggering increase in food stamps recipients has greatly impacted taxpayers while Obama has been in office. Breitbart reports:

As of 2009, all food stamp recipients received up to $50.3 billion in benefits.  As of 2016, that number has increased to $66.6 billion, an estimated increase of $16.3 billion.

With food stamp usage on the rise, the monthly benefit allowance has remained nearly unchanged, with food stamp recipients receiving an average monthly benefit of $125.31 in 2009, compared to $125.51 in 2016.

H/T: Breitbart News

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