Number of People Using Food Stamps Dropped Dramatically in January

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

In a month, more than 500,000 People quit using food stamps!

Donald Trump and the Republicans are often treated as dangerous for wanting to reduce the number of people using food stamps.

The President is trying to get practical work requirements developed for SNAP benefits as well as other welfare benefits.

But it seems that Trump and the Republicans are moving toward what they want even before they get their desired changes in the system. Improving the economy is a powerful way to reduce food stamp usage.

Breitbart reports, “Food Stamp Usage Drops over Half-Million in a Single Month.

More than half a million people dropped off the food stamp rolls in a single month, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA data reveals that a total of 587,792 people discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between December 2017 and January 2018.

The latest numbers show that on the whole, food stamp enrollment has been on a steady decline for the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2018, which began in October 2017.

Here is the breakdown of how many people dropped off the food stamp rolls each month of the fiscal year (FY) 2018:

–October to November- 4,008,165

–November to December- 329,584

–December to January- 587,792

Although enrollment in SNAP sharply increased by more than 3 million during the first month of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 (October 2017) due to temporary SNAP enrollment in hurricane-affected states, it dropped by more than 4 million the following month.

Does this mean Republicans should just improve the economy and not worry about how easy it is to get food stamps?

Not at all!

What some people refuse to admit is that the SNAP program doesn’t only attract people who can’t afford food. It also creates an incentive to be content to be “unable” to afford food. People know that there is a safety net underneath them which they can fall into. That confidence inevitably affects human decisions about life and work. The government ends up using tax revenue from businesses to drain their workforce by supporting some potential workers to remain unemployed or chronically under employed.

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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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