Americans on Food Stamps Keeps Falling

Oct 25, 2017

The number of Americans on food stamps has fallen 3.48 percent since President Trump began his presidency. Enrollment in the food stamp program has dropped to “its lowest level in seven years.” Almost 1.5 million Americans are no longer enrolled in the program. Some members of Congress are seeking to create legislation that will expand work requirements for able-bodied adults. Some states have taken the initiative to institute work requirements as the economy has recovered from the 2008 recession. Maine was the first state after the recession to bring back work requirements. There may be an uptick in enrollment in the food stamp program in Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The USDA increased temporary benefits to Texas in the wake of the storm. Also, the USDA “eased restrictions on what items victims . . . could purchase, allowing those who received food stamps to purchase hot food items, which cannot usually be purchased with benefits.” The Trump administration may be reaping the benefits of an economy that was already slowly recovering under the Obama administration.