New SNAP Rule

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Published on December 6, 2019 -
A Pittsburg food pantry responds to upcoming changes to the SNAP program.

New SNAP Rule

Change to the snap program could have an impact on some four-staters who receive food stamps -- and the organizations helping people who don't.

This is koam news at six... koam's mike mahoney spoke to a pittsburg food pantry and pittsburg shoppers - to hear what they think of the change.

The executive director of pittbsurg's wesley house says - she doesn't agree with the trump administration's actions that will remove access to food stamps for almost 700-thousand people.

But she also doesn't think the change, will change things much at wesley house.

"we have a large population of single mothers with children.

We have a lot of that population, and a lot of seniors."

Single mothers and senior citizens won't be affected by a u-s-d-a rule change that formalizes work requirements for a certain group of food stamp recepients.

Under the new rule, people between the ages of 18 and 49, who are childless and not disabled won't be eligible unless they're working.

Right now, people in this group must work 20 hours a week to qualify, but states can create waivers in areas that face high unemployment.

The new rule would limit those waivers, but wesley house doesn't think it will be a local issue.

"i think crawford county's unemployment rate is really low, so we should not be that affected by it."

Officials at wesley house say, it's easy to assume an able-bodied adult without kids should be working -- but the situation can often be more complicated.

"and so that doesn't make sense to me, if your mind is not able to hold down a job, then why should your food, which is a basic human right, be taken away?"

"i asked pittsburg shoppers what they think of upcoming changes to the snap program, and i found out, they have a lot of different answers."

"i support the change because i think there's a lot of people that are on food stamps that don't need to be on food stamps.

I probably could qualify myself but i don't.

I'm not on it."

"it's ridiculous that they want to cut these people off when they have no idea what they're going through.

It's a one size fits all government cut which doesn't work."

"i think personally, i don't see a reason that they're not working.

If they're 18-49 they should definitely be working, because they're nothing that's stopping them from getting up and getting a job and making it for themselves."

In pittbsurg, mike mahoney koam news.

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