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Trump Repeals Another Obama Era Legacy – Food Stamp Recipients Drop By Multi- Millions

The number of individuals in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has continued to decline under the Trump administration.

During President Obama’s first term, the number of individuals receiving food stamps skyrocketed amid the Great Recession, as this graph from the USDA demonstrates. According to the USDA data, enrollment in SNAP has dropped by more than 1 million since Trump took office.

While there was a temporary spike in a few states at the beginning of October that forced the national average of food stamp recipients jolt up, the overall nationwide enrollment in the program has been steadily shrinking.

The temporary spike was due to the national disasters that struck our nation this past fall. The Florida state government was forced to enact the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), causing food stamp participation to shoot up by 2.5 million from September to October of last year. Then, from October to November, the number of individuals receiving food stamps fell from 45.7 million people, to 41.7 million.

DCF Communications Director Jessica Sims noted, “The dramatic increase in SNAP recipients in the fall was related to the state’s administration of the federal disaster SNAP program following the impact of Hurricane Irma. To qualify for the federal disaster food assistance program, individuals must have lived or worked in one of the 48 declared counties on September 5, and NOT be a customer in the regular food assistance program.”

While Florida is a clear outlier, the overall trend is the number of food stamp recipients has been steadily decreasing in an improving economy and as several state governments have implemented modifications to the welfare system designed to incentivize people to find jobs.

The Trump administration has indicated it would enact several of these reform measures at the federal level. For example, it plans on requiring those that receive food stamps to meet a minimum number of working hours in a given week, which would likely cause the national SNAP enrollment to continue to fall.

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  1. Karen Maples

    February 9, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I think President Trump has done a wonderful job at getting so many Americans off of welfare. It gives them a sense of self respect and honor to do it for them selves instead of having it handed to them for nothing. Obama tried to make us a weak nation starting from the inside and making all Americans dependent on him and his government! We are so grateful he is out of the White House.

  2. paulette

    February 9, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    ALL I KNOW IS IM DISABLED AND EVERY TIME I TURN AROUND THEY TAKE MORE FOR ME TO EAT,I DONT GET ENOUGH TO PAY MY RENT AND NOW I GET TO EAT OFF OF $34 A WK WHILE THEY EAT THE MOST EXPENSIVE FOODS AND WASTE MORE THEN THAT

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