The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicate that 4.1 million people have stopped participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since President Donald Trump took office in 2017.
Current numbers: USDA data shows that 38,577,141 received SNAP benefits in September 2018. The month-by-month numbers point to a constant decline in food stamp enrollment for the past 11 months.
In January 2017, 42,698,301 Americans collected food stamps.
Reasons for dropping off food stamps: The improved economy and Trump’s efforts to make programs such as SNAP better are part of the reason why people have started canceling their SNAP benefits. Furthermore, a yet-to-be-implemented Trump administration policy has also been encouraging legal migrants to stop using food stamps as those who continue to receive such benefits would not be able to get permanent residency.