Food stamps skyrocketed under Obama, new numbers show Trump is reversing damage

Food stamp rolls skyrocketed to historic levels under President Barack Obama, but the latest numbers show that trend reversing itself with President Donald Trump in the White House.

According to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics on food stamp enrollment, 1.48 million people dropped out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.

Enrollment decreased to 41,203,721 as of July 2017, according to the latest data, down from 42,691,363 when Trump took office.

That’s a drop of 3.48 percent.

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With unemployment now below 5 percent, food stamp enrollment is reportedly at its lowest level in seven years.

Fox News reported over the summer on a dramatic reduction in food stamp rolls in states moving to restore work requirements — Obama allowed states to waive SNAP work requirements in 2009, as part of his economic stimulus package.

States listed in the article included Georgia and Alabama.

Trump’s first budget proposal released earlier this year looked to “slash food stamp spending in fiscal year 2018 by more than a quarter,” Politico reported.

In addition to tightening work requirements for able-bodied individuals, the budget called on states to match up to 20 percent of the federal outlay, according to the news outlet.

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Enrollment numbers are expected to be effected by series of hurricanes that have hit recently.

As part of the hurricane relief efforts, the USDA temporarily expanded food stamp benefits and scores of families have applied for emergency food benefits through the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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