by Bethany Blankley, The Center Square
The number of households receiving federal benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, is at its lowest level in nine years, according to data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers the program.
The most recent enrollment data shows that 18,093,759 households are participating in SNAP as of May 2019, close to January 2010 levels.
By the second year of the Obama administration, that number jumped to 18,118,005 households, according to USDA records.
In July, the number of individuals receiving SNAP benefits reached its lowest level for the first time in 10 years, with 35,993,281 enrolled.
“The latest numbers from USDA prove that the Trump administration’s dedication to ending the dependency crisis is paying off,” said Kristina Rasmussen, vice president of federal affairs at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). “The number of households on food stamps hitting record lows is a testament to a strong economy, and the administration should continue to enact commonsense reforms to move able-bodied Americans — too many of whom are collecting welfare and not working — from dependency to the workforce.”
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