The number of Americans receiving food stamps fell below 46 million people for the first time in more than three years.

As of February 2015, the most recent month available, 45.7 million people are receiving food stamps, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The main reason for the decrease is the improving economy.  The program is designed to expand and contract, depending on how the economy is doing.

During the recession, when unemployment was high, the number of people eligible for food stamps increased.  The federal government pumped more money into the program to increase the maximum benefit.

The best way to reduce spending in the program is to continue improving the economy, connect recipients with job training and job placement assistance, and raise the minimum wage so working families can afford to make ends meet.