Trump has made such robust gains on the economy and jobs that millions of people in America no longer need food stamps. Usage of this government benefit increased dramatically while Obama was president but the tide has shifted, big time.
1.4 Million Households Drop Off Food Stamps Under Trump
More than 1.4 million households dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump’s first full month in office in February 2017, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data on food stamp enrollment released Friday.
The latest USDA data revealed that the number of households on food stamps in October 2018 dropped to 19,410,711, down by 1,428,558 from February 2017 when 20,839,269 households were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal government program which administers food stamps.
The most recent data on the number of food stamp households had also reached historic lows not seen since June 2010 when enrollment in the nation’s food stamp program was at 19,143,572.
Breitbart News previously reported in June — citing the latest available data from the USDA at the time — that food stamp households dropped below 20 million for the first time in eight years. At the time, enrollment among households dropped to 19,992,124 in February 2018 — the first time enrollment dipped below 20 million since September 2010.
Here’s another benefit of reducing food stamp usage. It will cut down on food stamp fraud, which is more common than you think.
Report: Widespread national food stamp fraud totals at least $1 billion, could be as high as $4.7 billion
According to a new report produced by the Government and Accountability Office (GAO), at least $1 billion in food stamp benefits are “trafficked annually,” meaning they are fraudulently used. The extent of the fraud is uncertain, the GAO warns, estimating the abuse of the program could be as high as $4.7 billion.
About 20 million lower-income households receive benefits from the $64 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, to buy food. But GAO found that instead of being used for food, many stores are defrauding the program by “selling” cash instead of food.
“For example, a store might give a person $50 in exchange for $100 in benefits – then pocket the difference,” GAO explains.
The Food Nutrition Service (FNS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees SNAP and is responsible for authorizing and overseeing retailers.
The fraud, known as “retailer trafficking,” costs taxpayers at least $1 billion. However, the real cost could be “anywhere from $960 million to $4.7 billion,” the GAO adds.
Food stamp fraud is a crime against the taxpayers who fund the program. It is also damaging to the people who actually need this safeguard.