According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), food stamp enrollment plummets. Four million peopled dropped out of the program in one month.

The latest data from the USDA shows that the number of people enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP), dropped from 45,666,795 in October 2017 to 41,658,868 in November 2017. Any incredible decrease of over 4 million. SNAP is the government program that administers food stamps.

Food Stamp Enrollment Plummets

Previously there was a temporary spike in food stamp enrollment. Most of this happened in a few isolated states. Overall the number of people enrolled in the program is on a steady decline.

During the first month of fiscal year 2018, the number of people in the program increased by 3.5 million. This was largely due to temporary enrollments that took place in Florida and Texas due to natural disasters.

The USDA approved special D-SNAP benefits per Florida's request, starting September 10, 2017.

Per Breitbart News:

A spokesperson for Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) — the program that administers food stamp benefits in Florida — confirmed with Breitbart News that the dramatic increase in SNAP enrollment in the state was due to disaster relief, but that most food stamp recipients were not normal beneficiaries of the food stamp program.

“The dramatic increase in SNAP recipients in the fall was related to the state’s administration of the federal disaster SNAP program following the impact of Hurricane Irma. To qualify for the federal disaster food assistance program, individuals must have lived or worked in one of the 48 declared counties on September 5, and NOT be a customer in the regular food assistance program,” said DCF Communications Director Jessica Sims.

Sims added that DCF handed out D-SNAP benefits totaling more than $1 billion to 3.1 million people in the months following Hurricane Irma, but the state curtailed its D-SNAP benefit program on December 3.

The sharp decline in food stamp enrollment over one month reflects how states like Florida have curtailed their temporary food stamp benefit programs for those affected by natural disasters.

But it also highlights an ongoing downward trend in food stamp enrollment that has been going on for several years since state legislatures enacted welfare reform measures designed to get people back into the workforce.

The Trump administration announced they would put some reform measures in place to help food stamp enrollment drop even more. One of these requirements is requiring the recipients to work a certain amount of hours per week.

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