Food Stamp Enrollment Lowest Since 2010

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Food stamp usage in the U.S. has dipped below 40 million for the first time in eight years, according to the latest numbers form the USDA.

Sam Adolphsen, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Government Accountability, credits the Trump economy combined with more states adopting a work-requirement to receive food stamps.

"We still however, have a record number of able-bodied adults on the program, nearly 20 million, that's almost half of people on food stamps who are able-bodied adults," he says.

Adolphsen says Texas has become a model state to ween people off government benefits.

"Texas requires able-bodied adults with no kids to work 20 hours a week, and they also are one of the very few states who asks able-bodied parents to do some work or job training in order to get the benefit."

He's hopeful Congress will expand work requirements nationwide in the latest farm bill.

"This is a great opportunity to reinstate the work requirement and we absolutely should ask the U.S. Senate and U.S. House to put work requirements back in the food stamp program."

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