As President Obama prepares to leave office, his legacy will include an increase in the number of Americans using food stamps.It's been the outgoing administration's goal to get even more people on food stamps. Fake news? Nope. In 2012 the Agriculture Department ran radio ads with the goal of increasing food stamp usage. Why? The Democrats are the party of big government. Recipients of federal handouts are more likely to vote Democratic. And there is a bonus--the Dems can point their fingers at the Republicans and say, "Look at them, they're the ones who want to take your food stamps away."
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.