According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), food stamp participation has dropped lowest it’s been in seven years. This is a massive step in the right direction when it comes to getting this country to work.
USDA statistics on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation showed that 42,609,852 people in the U.S. took part in the food stamp program in fiscal year (FY) 2017, the lowest level it has been since 2010 when 40,302,000 people enrolled in the program.
Food stamp usage has been on a steady decline after 2013, when enrollment in the government program swelled to 47.6 million, the highest amount it has ever been since the program’s inception.
The increase in the number people receiving food stamps during that period can be attributed to the Obama administration’s effort to allow those with higher incomes to receive benefits. Enrollment in benefits increased by 70 percent from the year former President Barack Obama took office in 2008 to 2013.
The current administration is still working to improve these numbers even more. There have been several states, including Maine, that are putting together programs that have requirements to work in order to be eligible to participate in the food stamps program. Though Maine was first when it comes to creating work requirements for able-bodied adults to participate in the food stamps programs, many other states begin to join in and catch on in 2016-2017.
Federal laws are now being drawn up that will make the working requirements to receive food stamps go nationwide. This will also limit how long food stamp recipients can receive them. Many states are looking into whatever they can in order to increase employment and decrease the number of the people receiving food stamps.
What do you think about these programs that limit how long people can receive food stamps? Do you think work requirements are a reasonable thing to push for people who are getting free food? Let us know what you think in the comments.