- According to the U.S Dept of Agriculture people on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) has dropped nearly 2 Million since last year
- 44,219,363 people enrolled in 2016, while only 42,137,785 were enrolled in 2017. That is a drop of 2,081,578 people.
- Food stamp recipients have been dropping since 2013, there were 47.6 million people enrolled in 2013
Why have they been dropping
Most states are requiring able-bodied adult recipients to work or prepare for work in exchange for benefits. ABAWDs must meet special work requirements, in addition to the general work requirements, to maintain their eligibility. Government should definitely support those who need assistance, but should expect the people who can, to engage in some sort of activity in exchange for that assistance.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said,
“SNAP was created to provide people with the help they need to feed themselves and their families, but it was not intended to be a permanent lifestyle,”
States like Georgia and Alabama already started the work requirements. In Georgia the number of recipients went from 11,779 to 4,528, or a drop of 62 percent. by 2019, Georgia officials say they want all 159 counties to have work requirements. In Alabama on Jan. 1, 2017, there were 13,663 able-bodied adults without dependents receiving food stamps statewide. That number dropped to 7,483 by May 1, 2017
What the President wrote in a letter to Congress,
“We must reform our welfare system so that it does not discourage able-bodied adults from working, which takes away scarce resources from those in real need. Work must be the center of our social policy,”
Also the USDA is promising increased cooperation with states in the operation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to promote self-sufficiency, integrity in the program, and better customer service. According to the USDA:
- Self-Sufficiency – The American dream has never been to live on government benefits. People who can work, should work. We must facilitate the transition for individuals and families to become independent, specifically by partnering with key stakeholders in the workforce development community and holding our recipients accountable or personal responsibility.
- Integrity – We must ensure our programs are run with the utmost integrity. We will not tolerate waste,fraud, or abuse from those who seek to undermine our mission or who do not take their responsibility seriously.
- Customer Service – Together, we must ensure that our programs serve SNAP participants well. In order to achieve a high degree of customer service, we at FNS must also provide States the flexibility to test new and better ways to administer our programs, recognizing that we are all accountable to the American taxpayer for the outcomes.