While the number of individuals on food stamps increased during the Obama administration to the point some gave him the nickname “The Food Stamp President,” the exact opposite effect is happening under President Trump.
Per Factcheck, the number of people receiving food aid under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as “food stamps”) rose by a third under Obama.
The number grew as the 2007-2009 recession threw millions out of work, as benefit levels were boosted for several years by the stimulus legislation Obama signed in 2009. The average benefit per person went up from around $113 per person in January 2009 to around $134 in July.
Breitbart reports approximately 6.1 million individuals dropped off the food stamp rolls since President Donald Trump’s first full month in office in February 2017, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The USDA data showed that 6,074,074 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between February 2017— when the president completed his first full month in office— and November 2019.
Household participation in SNAP declined as well, with 2,489,315 households discontinuing SNAP.
There are currently 36,223,717 individuals and 18,448,588 households that are participating in SNAP.
When Trump took office, 42,297,791 individuals and 20,937,903 households were enrolled in SNAP.
Trump recently made it a point in his annual State of the Union address to stress that he helped the poor move off welfare to find jobs with his recent enactment of work requirements.
Under these work requirements, which had been enacted at the state level during the Obama years, those between the ages of 18-49 and without children or dependents who receive food stamps for more than three months in a 36-month period must work, go to school, receive job training, or volunteer to receive benefits.