By: Brian Evans
Last week’s numbers showed a strong economy that continues to surge ahead, with the number of individuals participating in the nation’s food stamp program dropping to its lowest level in ten years, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
According to enrollment data from the USDA. it showed that in April 2019, the most recent data from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 35,993,281 individuals were on food stamps, which hits an incredible ten year low!
In fact, in July of 2009, the number of individuals on food stamp was at 35,602,939, which then spiked in 2013 as food stamp participation hit its peak, which is the largest number recorded by the USDA, and all during the Obama Administration’s tenure!
Following the massive spike in food stamp enrollment, Conservative legislatures around the United States began to work to reign in the numbers, as they passed laws required SNAP recipients to work, attend school, volunteer, or participate in job training for an established number of hours per week, or lose benefits!
Then, came President Trump, and with a soaring economy, the food stamp enrollment plummeted by an incredible 2.9 million recipients!
Already, President Trump has said that he wants to free as many Americans from a dependency on government assistance, by creating a booming economy, and plentiful jobs! In addition, the President said that he wants those coming into the United States to be self-sufficient, and not dependant on taxpayer-funded welfare systems!
The President stated…
“I don’t want to have anyone coming in that’s on welfare.”
In addition, the USDA announced in June that they would implement new restrictions on SNAP benefits, including people who win the lottery, win a significant amount of money from gambling, or are convicted felons who do not comply with their sentences would be disqualified from receiving government assistance. Also, the President has had the USDA begin implementing new programs that aim to help the homeless and food stamps recipients, and incentivizing them to become “self-sufficient.”