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Food Stamp Rolls Drop as States Decline Federally Funded Benefit

  • Seven states this year opt not to seek U.S. waivers on work
  • Enrollment is down 9 percent from 2012 record food-stamp use
People receive free groceries at a food pantry run by the Food Bank for New York City on Dec. 11, 2013.
Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

Food-stamp enrollment in the U.S. is declining from record levels, in part because some states are ending benefits earlier than they have to.

Seven states, all led by Republicans, have decided this year to end waivers for some able-bodied recipients that were made available in the 2009 federal stimulus bill -- even though the benefits are federally funded.