Under Obama, 10.7 Million More Use Food Stamps—A 32 Percent Jump

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December 28, 2016

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As President Obama prepares to leave office, his legacy will include an increase in the number of Americans using food stamps.

The number of food stamps recipients went up by 10.7 million people, a 32 percent jump, since President Obama took office in 2009, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In 2009, 33,490,000 people received food stamp benefits. As of October 2016, the last month reported for FY 2016, 44,219,123 people received food stamp benefits, an increase of about 10,729,000.

The U.S. population as of October 1, 2016 was 324,607,826, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Therefore, the 44,219,123 people on food stamps represented 13.6 percent of the population.

The cost of food stamps to taxpayers also increased over the time Obama was in office. As of 2009, all food stamp recipients received up to $50.3 billion in benefits. As of 2016, that number has increased to $66.6 billion, an estimated increase of $16.3 billion.

  • gvette

    I guess the nigger has created more poor people. That’s ok, he also got our credit rating lowered twice. Doubled the debt. I guess by DemonRAT standards, he’s been a success!!

  • justinwachin

    Once again we are reminded of the economic failure of the Obama agenda. During his reign of error, more people became dependent on government and the central planning bureaucrats. It’s time to begin to move these people from the entitlement roll to the payroll. Ending many of Obama’s flawed economic policies will be a good start.

  • bobnstuff

    Food stamp programs are run by the states not the federal government even though it’s the federal government that pays for it. To get food stamps in most states you have to be very close to the poverty line. Those that get food stamps are mostly the elderly, children and the working poor. One of the places get a lot of them are the PX’s. A lot of our military and our vets get them. Instead of blaming Obama for the increase maybe we should look for why there are still so many poor people. What event cause these people to become poor.

    • Rodney Steward

      Bullshi$, in my state all you have to be is black, no matter what they make! All that work at the Gov. jobs are blacks, and black take care of blacks, you should know that from your black grand kids! It doesn’t help that we have NO JOBS, and that is the fault of YO BOY Opey!!

      • bobnstuff

        Hey brown eyes you must live in the state of denial since in every other state there are more whits then blacks on food stamps. Oh I forget for a minute you never check things out you just make outrages statements. I guess all those military and ex military using them at the PX are black and unemployed. If you are in the military and have a family you are most likely to be able to get food stamps.

        • Rodney Steward

          How did you know I had brown eyes, sweet meat, and you’re right about the military being on food stamps, YO brown clown has destroyed our military, and most PX’s have been shut down on a lot of bases just like most of the spouses ave lost their Gov INS. and now have to get it somewhere else! TO BOY AGAIN, he should have already been shot!

      • Retired

        The jobs going out the window started with LBJ and the labor demands because Companies were making good money but doing little to re invest in the Co itself. Don’t forget the Standards for the Black community were lowered by Democrats so that they could get Government jobs. Once they passed probation there was little that could be done to fire them. The Same was done for the military to get in.

        • Rodney Steward

          Amen friend, we owe all this BS to LBJ, and he was right, we’ll own them for ever, and it’s true! And speaking of lowering the standards, look what was done for the White house!!

          • Retired

            It has been turned into a Rainbow house and Blackened in the rest of the world.

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