First Term: Food Stamp Recipients Increased 11,133 Per Day Under Obama

By Patrick Burke | January 21, 2013 | 11:58am EST

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(CNSNews.com) -- During President Obama’s first term, the number of persons taking federal food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), increased by approximately 11,133 persons per day.

When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the number of SNAP recipients was 31,939,110. By October 2012, the latest month reported, they had jumped to 47,525,329.

That means the food stamp program grew by an of approximately 11,133 recipients per day from January 2009 to October 2012.

CNSNews.com reported earlier this month that the federal government spent a record $80.4 billion on the food stamp program during fiscal year 2012, which was a $2.7 billion increase from FY 2011.

Moreover, federal spending on SNAP has increased every fiscal year that Obama has been in office. In FY 2009—when SNAP was still known as the “Food Stamp” program—the government spent $55.6 billion.

According to an April 2012 report from the Congressional Budget Office, SNAP enrollment increased by 70 percent between 2007 and 2011.

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