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Twenty States Now Require Work-For-Welfare

Recent changes to the food stamp program could impact as many as one million Americans. According to Marketplace, the changes revolve around a time limit being imposed on beneficiaries.

The changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, and formerly known as food stamps, would cap the time limit for a certain segment of beneficiaries at three months over a three-year period. The beneficiaries affected are known as ABAWDs, which stands for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents.

The classification covers adults between the ages of 18 and 49 years of age who aren’t disabled, and work less than 20 hours per week.

“Most of our safety net is geared towards families with children, or seniors and people with disabilities who can’t work,” explains Dottie Rosenbaum, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The changes will affect SNAP recipients in more than 20 states, and it’s unclear exactly how many recipients will be affected.

“No matter how hard they’re looking for a job, or are willing to participate in a job training program, they lose their SNAP after three months," said Rosenbaum.

Source: Market Place
Photo: Grand Haven Tribune

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