Enrollment in programs reduced dramatically, in attempt to help those ‘truly in need’…
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The number of America’s enrolled in the the nation’s food stamps program dropped in March to the lowest level since 2010, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA reported 40,083,954 Americans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in March 2018.
This is the lowest number reported since February 2010 when 39,588,993 received food stamps.
Participation has fluctuated since President Donald Trump took office.
In January 2017, 42,676,312 Americans were on SNAP.
Enrollment increased in October 2017, as nearly 46 million people participated.
The Trump administration has reformed the program to control the skyrocketing enrollment that began during President Barack Obama’s tenure.
When Obama took office, about 28 million Americans collected SNAP benefits.
Enrollment in the program had swelled to nearly 48 million by 2013, according to the USDA.
The Trump administration implemented a change in January to the purpose of SNAP.
The program’s goals were set to help “those truly in need” and to “support work as the pathway to self-sufficiency, well-being, and economic mobility for individuals and families receiving supplemental nutrition assistance,” the USDA said.
In line with these goals, the USDA hired an integrity officer to prevent food stamp abuse.
“Where protection of taxpayer dollars is concerned – the job is never done,” said Acting Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Brandon Lipps. “Today we are renewing our commitment to ensuring that our nutrition programs are run as effectively and efficiently as possible; increasing program integrity while maintaining the nutrition safety net for those truly in need.”
The USDA operates 15 nutrition assistance programs, and the Trump administration vowed a review of them all.
The USDA also began its “Harvest Box” program in February that will send food directly to SNAP participants, rather than cash vouchers.
The department estimated the program would save taxpayers nearly $130 billion over 10 years, Fox8 reported.