According to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics, Nearly 1.5 million Americans have dropped off food stamp enrollments since President Trump took office.
Per the USDA data, in January 2017, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation was at 42,691,363, but dropped by 1,487,642 (or 3.48 percent), down to 41,203,721 as of July 2017.
Furthermore, the overall trend shows that enrollment has been steadily declining every month of Trump’s presidency.
- January to February – 408,956
- February to March – 95,152
- March to April – 521,295
- April to May- 176,527
- May to June – 178,648
- June to July – 236,417
This is in large part due to the policies Trump has implemented at the federal level, as well as ongoing efforts from state legislatures aimed at getting people back into jobs and off welfare.
Additionally, USDA data shows that at the state level, food stamp enrollment is down in 42 out of 50 states. This is primarily due to individual states’ efforts to push for cuts to the program after enrollment swelled to record highs under the Obama administration (i.e. – Maine, Alabama, and Georgia).
Although this data appears to be trending in the right direction, the USDA has not released their August or September data yet, and have provided a disclaimer, saying that once it does, it “may include disaster assistance” due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which could skew a potential spike in enrollment numbers in each of those months.