Since fiscal 2013, there has been a drop in the number of SNAP beneficiaries… per person the drop ran from 47,636,090 people to now 45,411,036 in fiscal 2016; per household: it dropped from 23,052,396 to 22,402,666.  Some of the decrease was caused by Americans returning to work, causing incomes to rise above eligibility levels.. Some, by cuts to SNAP benefits that forced people off the roles.  Overall, the national average per household is now $255.81, down from $274.98 in 2013.. The national average per individual dropped from $133.07 to $126.20…

On a national scale this action has cut SNAP benefits from 2013, ($6.33 billion) to 2016 ($5.73 billion) a loss of $600 million dollars.  Although its saving is good to drop the national deficit by .6 of a billion, it also means that up to $600 million less was spent on food than in 2013…

Roughly 76 billion more is spent on food at home now than in 2013. ..an increase of 11%.Many factors contribute to this.. One would be the number of new jobs that have continually grown since the recession (averaging 231,000 per month in 2015). Another would be the natural growth of the national population. currently  charting point 78 of one percent each year.  Third would be the inflation of food prices (1.5% in 2015)  that occurred despite dropping costs of growing and processing and transportation.

But that latter also mirrors the loss of SNAP sales that occurred to the large major food retailers. To make up the loss in revenue SNAP was previously giving them, they raised their prices….

Whereas the larger SNAP payments originally cost you nothing, with cuts, now they do. This shows that failing to use intelligence and look at all angles before rushing into changing things, is not the best way to improve America’s economy. This also shows why ever since Republicans took over Congress in 1994, your lives have gotten worse over time instead of better.

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