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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Food Stamp Usage Drops over Half-Million in a Single Month
article appeared in Breitbart on April 16th
More than half a million people dropped off the food
stamp rolls in a single month, according to the latest figures from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Trump keeping a promise
The USDA data reveals that a total of 587,792 people
discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) between December 2017 and January 2018.
The latest numbers
show that on the whole, food stamp enrollment has been on a steady decline for
the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2018, which began in October 2017.
Here is the breakdown
of how many people dropped off the food stamp rolls each month of the fiscal
year (FY) 2018:
October to November- 4,008,165
November to December- 329,584
December to January- 587,792
in SNAP sharply increased by
more than 3 million during the first month of the fiscal year (FY) 2018
(October 2017) due to temporary SNAP enrollment in hurricane-affected states,
by more than 4 million the following month.
The decline came as
states curtailed their temporary SNAP benefits in the months following
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
President Trump mentioned in
2017 that he wanted to make it a priority to keep SNAP program costs down at
the state and federal levels, which if implemented, could cause enrollment to decline
even more this year as the administration releases its plans to reform the
federal welfare system.
While efforts to curb
food stamp enrollment at the state level and get people back into the workforce
have been underway over the past few years, the federal government has been
trying to take those state-level reforms nationwide.
administration released an executive order on welfare reform this week
that would require agencies such as the Department of Agriculture to issue updated
rules for those receiving benefits.
The executive order
would direct agencies to issue stricter requirements for those receiving
benefits—such as limiting the amount of time people receive benefits without
working—and invest in more federal programs that would enable welfare
recipients to get back into the workforce.
“Since its inception,
the welfare system has grown into a large bureaucracy that might be susceptible
to measuring success by how many people are enrolled in a program rather than
by how many have moved from poverty into financial independence,” the executive
The Department of
Agriculture has also been trying to ramp up its efforts to reform the federal
welfare system over the past few months.
The agency proposed a
“Blue Apron-style” food stamp program in February that would deliver
shelf-stable food—such as cereal boxes, pasta, and canned produce—to food stamp
recipients once a month.
The “Harvest Boxes”
would make up half of recipients’ allotted benefits for the month while the
other half would consist of SNAP benefits on electronic benefit transfer (EBT)
cards. The agency clarified that
states in charge of delivering the boxes would take recipients’ dietary and
religious preferences into account when selecting the type of food for the