Food Stamp Usage Falls by 2 Million During Trump’s First Year in Office | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Food Stamp Usage Falls by 2 Million During Trump’s First Year in Office

There’s no denying that Barack Obama was the “food stamps president” because the numbers prove it. In 2009, 33,490,000 people received food stamp benefits, but by October 2016, 44,219,123 people received the same assistance, an increase of about 10,729,000. That’s an increase far out of proportion from what we’d normally expect with natural population increase, and it’s a problem that persisted, even as the economy recovered from the financial crisis of 2008. Thanks to a loosening on restrictions for the program, the cost of food stamps for taxpayers rose from $50.3 billion to $66.6 billion.

During President Donald Trump’s first year of office, a fifth of that increase has already been erased. According to Fox News, “data released by the Department of Agriculture show that the number of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, dropped to 42,182,443 for fiscal 2017 – a decline of 2,036,920 from the fiscal 2016 total of 44,219,363.”

Of course, as is the case with every government program ever, the long-term trajectory of costs has gone in one direction: up.

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