Feds tighten food stamp rules, meaning 688,000 adults must work or lose benefits

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Tribune News Service

CHICAGO — Some 688,000 food stamp recipients will have to find work by April or risk losing benefits as the Trump administration issues a final rule making it harder for states to get exemptions from work requirements.

Those affected are able-bodied adults under 50 without children or other dependents, who represent about 8% of the 36 million people using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called SNAP. Children, the elderly and people with disabilities — who make up the vast majority of SNAP participants — are not affected.

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