The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on food stamp enrollment now show that since President Trump took office in January 2017, more than 1.1 million Americans don’t have to take welfare in the form of food stamps anymore.
Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to 41,496,255 in May 2017, according to the most recent data available from the USDA. This number is down from 42,691,363 in January 2017 when Trump took office.
In just the first few months of Trump’s presidency, SNAP enrollment decreased by 2.79 percent.
On average, food stamp participation in 2017 has fallen to its lowest level since 2010, and the latest numbers show that this trend is continuing.
Trump proposed cuts to SNAP in his 2018 budget proposal, suggesting that states match up to 20 percent of federal money allotted for the food stamp program and expand work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps.
Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration has also prompted many immigrants, both legal and illegal, to cancel their food stamps over concerns that they might be denied citizenship or deported.
Federal lawmakers are also working on legislation that would seek to expand food stamp work requirements and put time limits on how long those enrolled in the food stamp program can receive benefits.
At the state level, food stamp enrollment has dropped significantly in places such as Georgia and Alabama, where they have now mandated work requirements for able-bodied adults if they want to receive food stamps. Both states fully implemented work requirements for food stamp recipients in 2016-2017.
During Obama’s presidency, on the other hand, the number of food stamp recipients skyrocketed 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.
Nearly 33,490,000 people received food stamp benefits when Obama began his presidency, and during the 8 years that he was in the White House, that number soared to 44,219,123, which showed an increase of about 10,729,000 people.
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