More than half a million people dropped off the food stamp rolls in one particular month, according to the latest figures coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The USDA data reveals that will a total of 587,792 people discontinued their participation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between December 2017 in addition to January 2018.
The latest numbers show that will on the whole, food stamp enrollment has been on a steady decline for the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2018, which began in October 2017.
Here can be the breakdown of how many people dropped off the food stamp rolls each month of the fiscal year (FY) 2018:
- October to November- 4,008,165
- November to December- 329,584
- December to January- 587,792
Although enrollment in SNAP sharply increased by more than 3 million during the first month of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 (October 2017) due to temporary SNAP enrollment in hurricane-affected states, that will dropped by more than 4 million the following month.
The decline came as states curtailed their temporary SNAP benefits from the months following Hurricanes Harvey in addition to Irma.
President Trump mentioned in 2017 that will he wanted to make that will a priority to keep SNAP program costs down at the state in addition to federal levels, which if implemented, could cause enrollment to decline even more This kind of year as the administration releases its plans to reform the federal welfare system.
While efforts to curb food stamp enrollment at the state level in addition to get people back into the workforce have been underway over the past few years, the federal government has been trying to take those state-level reforms nationwide.
The Trump administration released an executive order on welfare reform This kind of week that will would certainly require agencies such as the Department of Agriculture to issue updated rules for those receiving benefits.
The executive order would certainly direct agencies to issue stricter requirements for those receiving benefits—such as limiting the amount of time people receive benefits without working—in addition to invest in more federal programs that will would certainly enable welfare recipients to get back into the workforce.
“Since its inception, the welfare system has grown into a large bureaucracy that will might be susceptible to measuring success by how many people are enrolled in a program rather than by how many have moved coming from poverty into financial independence,” the executive order states.
The Department of Agriculture has also been trying to ramp up its efforts to reform the federal welfare system over the past few months.
The agency proposed a “Blue Apron-style” food stamp program in February that will would certainly deliver shelf-stable food—such as cereal boxes, pasta, in addition to canned produce—to food stamp recipients once a month.
The “Harvest Boxes” would certainly make up half of recipients’ allotted benefits for the month while the additional half would certainly consist of SNAP benefits on electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. The agency clarified that will states in charge of delivering the boxes would certainly take recipients’ dietary in addition to religious preferences into account when selecting the type of food for the boxes.