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Two Million Users of Food Stamps Quit in 2017

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The number of food stamps users in 2017 was the lowest in six years.

The number of people using food stamps continued to decline in Donald Trump’s first year in office. The decrease represents an improving economy and also the welfare reform efforts of some states.

It will be interesting to see if the media is able to dig up stories about American families starving in order to blame Trump. A few months ago we saw stories like the one below implying something bad was about to happen:

The Daily Caller reports, “Two Million Americans Got Off Food Stamps In Trump’s First Year.

The number of food stamp dependent Americans hit a six-year low in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, reflecting an improving economy and falling unemployment, according to a U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) report.

An average of 42.2 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program in 2017, which is an 11 percent decrease from 2013, when a record number of people used food stamps, according to USDA.

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Better economic conditions reduce food stamp participation, but some states’ welfare reforms have also played a role.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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