Over 6 million Americans drop off food stamps under Trump presidency

By Mary Margaret Olohan

Roughly 6.3 million Americans have dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump’s first month in office.

Data from the Agriculture Department shows 6,268,285 individuals have left the food stamp program since Trump took office.

In February 2017, the first month after Trump took office, 42,297,791 persons were participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As of June 2019, 36,029,506 persons were participating in the program.

Similarly, 20,937,903 households were participating in the program in February 2017–a number that slimmed down to 18,230,968 by June 2019, revealing that 2,706,935 households dropped out of the food stamps program since Trump took office.

Under the Obama administration as part of a 2009 stimulus package, states were allowed to waive work requirements for food stamps, and the number of childless adults on food stamps doubled.

The number of able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010 when President Barack Obama signed his stimulus bill and suspended a rule under the 1996 Welfare Reform Law that regulated how long able-bodied adults without dependents could collect food stamps.

“This report once again confirms that President Obama has severely gutted the welfare work requirements that Americans have overwhelmingly supported since President Clinton signed them into law,” then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in September 2012.

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4 thoughts on “Over 6 million Americans drop off food stamps under Trump presidency

  1. Now if we could only stop the Free breakfast and lunch at school for the low grades we could save quite a bit of money.
    Whatever happened to “You Breed ’em,You Feed “em?”

  2. As a result of this decline, the world has not come to an end and those who have left the program are much better off.When you offer a free lunch, you have encouraged some qualified but unmotivated folks to stay home and sit on their hands. While the food stamp program does provide a safety net for those for whatever reason are truly in need, there should be reasonable guide lines for participation and not include those who simply choose not to work.

  3. It just goes to show, give people a little incentive like a job and pride in doing so,
    instead of being on the Government Tit the DemocRATs foothold on keeping it’s
    people down.

    This was done by the great economy by the President, this means more votes for
    him in 2020, I assume Liberals will twist this around !!

  4. Yet another legacy of the Obamanation administration *nmba1foodstamp president* buried in the dirt by the fabulously successful
    President Trump…

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