Nearly 15% of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in May, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
The number of Americans using the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — more commonly referred to as food stamps — shot to an all-time high of 45.8 million in May, the USDA reported. That’s up 12% from a year ago, and 34% higher than two years ago.
The 15% who are living on food stamps are living on money taken from productive Americans — the 58.1% of the work-eligible population who are actually working — and handed to them. That money is taken through taxes, under the threat of IRS audit and worse.