Skip to comments.Food Stamp Usage Drops Below 40 Million for First Time in 8 Years
Posted on 07/18/2018 10:43:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Food stamp participation dropped below 40 million for the first time in eight years, according to the latest numbers on food stamp enrollment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The most recent USDA data reveals that 39,604,428 people were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)the program that administers food stampsas of April 2018. The last time enrollment dipped below 40 million was in February 2010, when 39,588,993 people received SNAP benefits.
The latest data on enrollment shows that overall enrollment in the food stamp program has reached historic lows, reaching its lowest point in eight years.
But food stamp enrollment has been steadily declining over the past few months, keeping pace with the downward trend in SNAP participation since 2013.
Using the latest data from the USDA, here is the month-by-month breakdown of how many people discontinued their SNAP benefits in fiscal year (FY) 2018:
October to November- 4,015,110
November to December- 358,242
December to January- 734,178
January to February- 608,039
February to March- 32,294
March to April- 494,961
The Trump administrations push to reform the countrys welfare system combined with favorable economic conditions in the U.S. might have contributed to the decline in people seeking assistance from the welfare program.
Under Trump, 2.5 million fewer people discontinued their participation in SNAP, mainly due to the Trump administrations attempts to keep down program costs at the federal and state levels.
The USDA announced in March that it hired an integrity officer to boost the administrations efforts to prevent fraud in the countrys food stamp program and announced in February the rollout of its Harvest Box program to give SNAP recipients a box of food as part of their monthly benefits package.
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