Politics

Thank You President Trump! Say Goodbye To Food Stamps

Food stamp usage has gone down every month since January and you can thanks President Trump for making it happen, reports Breitbart news.

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that the number of people using food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), dropped from more than 42,500,000 people in January to 41,300,000 in June.

When looking at the data closer, you can still see the amount of people of food stamps drop every month:

  • January to February- 408,956
  • February to March- 95,152
  • March to April- 521,295
  • April to May- 176,527
  • May to June- 178,648

The two months where SNAP participants dropped the most is because certain states reimplemented the work requirements to receive food stamps around the same time.

Alabama fully implemented the work requirements to all of its counties by January 2017 and Georgia has around 21 counties that require work as well.

Other federal level policies that have helped decrease the numbers are Trump’s 2018 budget proposal that suggests that states match up to 20 percent of federal money allotted for the food stamp program.

Trump has also called that all able-bodied adults receiving food stamps are required to have work requirements.  Federal lawmakers are also trying to make it a policy nationwide that a time limit be set on how long food stamp recipients can receive benefits.

The crackdown on illegal immigration has also shortened it, with both legal and illegal immigrants canceling their food stamps for fear they might be denied citizenship or be deported.

“The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that this downward trend will continue through the next decade, with food stamp enrollment dropping 1 to 2 percent each year. By 2027, CBO estimates that 32.5 million people would be receiving food stamps, reports Breitbart.”