WASHINGTON, DC - Wonder what's cooking? One million people could be cut off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In 2016, adults, without children, who are able to work will be required to enroll in job training or work 20 hours per week if they want to receive more than three months of food stamps.
With the economy improving, many states will lose the waiver that allowed the unemployed to get food stamps for an extended period. For some people, the new policy sounds logical. However, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities warns that these cuts could affect one million of the poorest folks in our nation, regardless of how hard they might be looking for a job.
Over 46 million Americans received from $150 to $200 per month in food stamps in 2014, nearly one million down from 2013. The declining trend could accelerate as economists expect a growth of 3.1% of the GDP (gross domestic product) in 2015. Isn't that a good thing? Well, it's definitely food for thought.