More than 2.5 million households dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump’s first full month in office, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data.
The most recent USDA data shows that 2,543,924 households stopped receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits— the program in charge of food stamps— between the end of Trump’s first full month in office and July 2019.
As of July 2019, the most current data available, 18,393,979 households and 36,285,397 individuals have participated in the nation’s 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.
Although the numbers are preliminary, individuals and households on food stamps had consistently declined since 2013 under the Obama administration when enrollment reached its peak 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. more here