When Obama became president, one of the first things he did was expand the food stamp program. He even expanded marketing for it, to get more people on the program. The struggling economy made it a real alternative for many Americans.
In Trump’s first year, the economy has been rebounding and people are dropping off the program.
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.
“Federal spending for SNAP totaled $68.0 billion or 4 percent less than in the previous fiscal year,” USDA reported. “This was also 15 percent less than the historical high of $79.9 billion set in FY 2013.”
It’s the fourth year in a row SNAP participation fell. Previously, the number of people on food stamps grew for 12 years. About 13 percent of Americans used food stamps in 2017. That’s well above pre-recession levels.
This is a major accomplishment for Trump, so naturally the mainstream media will ignore it.