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More than 6.2 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— the program in charge of food stamps— since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president.

Individual and household food stamp participation has consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history.

After 2013, SNAP enrollment plunged once state legislatures passed laws requiring food stamp recipients to work, attend school, volunteer, or participate in job training for at least 20 hours per week to receive benefits.

Food stamp participation plummeted even further once President Trump took office, as 6.2 million individuals and 2.7 million households dropped out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since his first full month in office.

There are currently 36,029,506 individuals and 18,230,968 households enrolled in the food stamp program, but USDA officials said those numbers are “preliminary” due to the 2018 government shutdown, which affected food stamp administration at the beginning of 2019.

Trump has stated that he wants to curb the nation’s dependency on food stamps and wants those coming into the country to be self-sufficient.

The president told Breitbart News in an Oval Office interview that he does not want any immigrants coming into the U.S. to be dependent on welfare programs.

“I don’t want to have anyone coming in that’s on welfare,” Trump told Breitbart News in March.

The Trump administration also recently released several policies that would close loopholes for those taking advantage of the nation’s food stamp program.

The USDA issued a proposal in July that would close a “loophole” allowing 3.1 million people who already receive benefits from a non-cash welfare program to receive food stamps through SNAP.

The Trump administration also released a “public charge rule” last month which would deny green cards to immigrants or make it harder for them to obtain them if they have a history of using welfare benefits such as food stamps.

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12 Comments
  • norm says:

    Wow. trump has created a $120 BILLION dollar deficit. What about that you dopes? I’d rather save that money than the money welfare helps. Not everybody is a welfare cheat you idiots!

    • Wilson says:

      And how many jobs have you created this year you dope?

    • Richard says:

      The more people off welfare and working is a win win for this country and then the deficit can be lowered.

    • Art LaPella says:

      Depending on how you figure it, Obama had a trillion dollar deficit. Sure I’d like a balanced budget, but Paul Ryan and John Kasich aren’t on the ballot, and Democrats are. This article is about SNAP, so let’s give Trump some credit.

    • Alan says:

      Obama in his first year had a $665 billion. The largest annual deficits ever were achieved by the Obama Administration in 2009, 2011, and 2010 when the deficits reached $1.413 trillion, $1.300 trillion, and $1.294 trillion, respectively. On the plus side the decline of Snap started in the Obama admin and escalated in Trumps admin. I believe the article mentioned the recipients dropped the use rather than were forced too. Who’s the idiot here. If you are so concerned about those who need it go out and donate your money and time.

  • RockyMtn 1776 says:

    Key word here is AMERICANS dropped off food stamps. Probably at least twice that who did receive food stamps were illegal aliens ! What happened to America first ? What happened to mass deportations ? This is a national security issue, use an EO to do it since both political parties want illegals here.

  • Welfare system is meant to help people and families that need assistance due to the lack of income opportunity or healthcare problems. The system unfortunately is abused by scumbags and ruin the program.
    Lying and cheating the system cost billions of dollars. It takes millions of dollars to search out those that fraudulently cheat the system. I’m hoping the several million people and families that dropped off the system was due to financial change to their lives. I also hope those that were cheating the system dropped off and went to jail.

  • Richard says:

    How will democrats win without welfare ??

  • Dr Pepper says:

    SNAP and any other Government assistance should be monitored like it is for people collecting unemployment…As I recall, you needed to be actively and verifiably looking for employment to receive unemployment assistance … only those who are medically verified as disabled physically or mentally should receive help….Healthy people should be required to get educated in a trade or in a labor type job to support themselves… NO illegal immigrant should receive benefits….As I recall, People arriving in the USA through Ellis Island like my grandparents should have sponsors and personal revenue to live on as they search for work…

  • Carl says:

    President Trump has accomplished so much for us I can’t see anyone not voting for him. He has done and accomplished things that the democrats never even touched on. All the democrats do is cater to illegal aliens and raise taxes.

  • mike dar says:

    I’m thinking many people decided to work, rather than go hungry. Which increased revenues on plus side along with decreasing expenditures for welfare. If only paying 50 bucks a week in taxation, that is 16 billion a year in increased revenues.

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