In another sign of a growing economy 3.5 million no longer need food stamps
...There is still work to do to further reduce the amount, and fortunately, there are a lot of jobs out there now and employers are no longer demanding experience to get workers.
Trump mentioned the decline in food stamp recipients, along with a number of other statistics that highlighted the health of the economy, after the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that gross domestic product grew an estimated 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018.
“More than 3.5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps—something that you haven’t seen in decades,” he said.
SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, are vouchers that low-income Americans can use to buy food at approved retailers. States run and administer the program, while the federal government funds the benefits.
Trump didn’t specify the timeframe in which 3.5 million Americans were lifted off SNAP benefits in his remarks [in July], but he has previously cited a decline in food stamp enrollment using the November 2016 election as the starting point.
The most recent figures from the Department of Agriculture show that the number of Americans receiving SNAP benefits has declined by 3.6 million since Trump was elected president. There were 43.2 million people on food stamps in November 2016 and 39.6 million receiving benefits in April 2018.
From January 2017, when Trump took office, to April 2018, the number of SNAP recipients declined by 3.1 million people.
Trump appeared to mention the increase in the number of people receiving SNAP under President Barack Obama. “More than 10 million additional Americans had been added to food stamps, past years,” he said earlier in the speech.
There were indeed 10.7 million more SNAP recipients in January 2017, Obama’s last month in office, than in January 2009, his first month in office.