Food stamp recipients have dropped over two million over the last year! And it is expected to be even lower in 2018. This is great news! It means that less people are dependent on our tax dollars for survival, after food stamp recipients grew by over 70% under President Obama. This chart shows the sharp increase in food stamp recipients that occurred under Obama:
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program) is a program which started in 1969 under LBJ. And Puerto Rico joined the program in 1975.
But “SNAP was created to provide people with the help they need to feed themselves and their families, but it was not intended to be a permanent lifestyle,” said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “As a former Governor, I know first-hand how important it is for states to be given flexibility to achieve the desired goal of self-sufficiency for people. We want to provide the nutrition people need, but we also want to help them transition from government programs, back to work, and into lives of independence.”
The USDA who administers the SNAP program has also implemented three main agendas which have allowed the SNAP program to maintain accountability. The following are the three parts of the letter sent by Brandon Lipps, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Administrator Food and Nutrition Service:
- Self-Sufficiency – The American dream has never been to live on government benefits. People who can work, should work. We must facilitate the transition for individuals and families to become independent, specifically by partnering with key stakeholders in the workforce development community and holding our recipients accountable for personal responsibility.
- Integrity – We must ensure our programs are run with the utmost integrity. We will not tolerate waste,fraud, or abuse from those who seek to undermine our mission or who do not take their responsibility seriously.
- Customer Service – Together, we must ensure that our programs serve SNAP participants well. In order to achieve a high degree of customer service, we at FNS must also provide States the flexibility to test new and better ways to administer our programs, recognizing that we are all accountable to the American taxpayer for the outcomes.
Giving power back to the States to administer the program will most likely yield less people being on the SNAP program for 2018. In 2016, the program benefits cost $71 billion.
Lipps went on to say, “We believe states are laboratories of innovation and seek to learn from you what works and what does not.” Lipps wrote, “As necessary to address each of these focus areas, we will allow greater state flexibility in areas that do not increase costs to taxpayers or our various partners on the ground.”
Cheers to lowering our annual costs overall. And it is wonderful to see that more people are able to find jobs and support their families independent of government assistance. To read more about our booming economy, click HERE.
What do you think about the dramatic decline in food stamp recipients? Do you think it’s a direct result of the economic boost under Trump. Please leave a comment below and let us know!
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