Number of Americans on Food Stamps Falls 6.6 Million Since Trump Took Office By Kharen Martinez Murcia for CNS News
The number of people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps, has fallen by 6,686,087 since Donald Trump assumed the presidency on Jan. 20, 2017.
In January 2017, there were 42,715,593 people receiving SNAP benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees the program. As of June 2019 – latest data available – there were 36,029,506 people receiving SNAP benefits, a decline of 6,686,087 persons.
SNAP provides low-income families electronic benefit cards with which they can purchase food and related items. According to the USDA, the average monthly benefit in fiscal year 2019
The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 31.
In fiscal year 2016, according to the USDA, the SNAP program cost $66,539,269,256. In fiscal year 2019 (as of Sept. 6), the cost was $40,476,014,076 – a decline of $26,063,255,180.