The number of Americans using food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is at the lowest level since 2010, according to a new USDA report.
The USDA shows 42.6 million people participate in the program in fiscal year 2017. The previous low was in 2010 when 40.3 million people were enrolled in the program.
When former-President Obama took office in 2008, he adjusted the rules, allowing people with higher incomes to qualify for food stamps, causing enrollment to skyrocket by 70 percent from 2008 to 2013.
However, in 2014, the numbers gradually started declining, after states began their own efforts to slow things down, with some implementing work requirements for able-bodied enrollees.
Total enrollees for recent years are reported as follows:
- 2017 – 42.6 million
- 2016 – 44.2 million
- 2015 – 45.8 million
- 2014 – 46.6 million
- 2013 – 47.6 million
Numbers have continued to drop since President Trump’s inauguration. In June, DML reported that many illegal immigrants have now stopped applying for food stamps out of fear they will be deported.
SNAP gives automatic eligibility to the children of illegal aliens, but their parents or guardians are now afraid to apply on their behalf.
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