42,000 off Alabama food stamp rolls after work required

(Birmingham Times) A rule change designed to get able-bodied adults off food stamps has reduced the number of Alabamians receiving assistance by tens of thousands in the last year.

On Jan. 1, 2016, there were 49,940 able-bodied adults without dependents utilizing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps. That number dropped to 15,375 people as of May 1, 2016 and down to 7,483 as of May 1, 2017, according to Barry Spear, Public Information Manager of the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

The change is due to the expiration of a federal waiver that permitted work requirement exemptions for able-bodied adults who were receiving food stamps. Now, all SNAP recipients ages 18-49 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children are required to work at least part-time to be eligible for benefits.

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