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Food Stamps Going Away For Able-Bodied Recipients
Mar 31, 2017

Georgia has said that certain food stamp recipients must find work in order to continue receiving benefits.

The new rules apply to able-bodied, childless adults and began in 2016 in 3 counties - Cobb, Gwinnett and Hall. The policy mandates that these able-bodied adults can collect food stamps for only three months in a three-year period, unless they get into a job or training program.

On April 1, 2017, the work requirement will expand to 21 more counties
Banks
Barrow
Bartow
Brooks
Catoosa
Clarke
Coweta
Dade
Fayette
Forsyth
Gordon
Heard
Jackson
Lowndes
Madison
Oconee
Oglethorpe
Paulding
Troup
Walker
Walton

State officials say they plan to expand the work requirements to all 159 counties in the state by 2019, with another 60 coming on board next year.

The requirements include:

  • The adults must demonstrate that they work 20 hours a week.
  • They can also be enrolled in an approved education or training program for 20 hours a week.
  • The recipients can also work with the state to volunteer at a local nonprofit group.
  • They can combine these activities to meet the requirement.
  • These able-bodied, childless adults can only receive benefits for three months in a 3-year period without meeting the requirements.
  • Some people are exempt from meeting the work requirement. They include someone who is pregnant, or enrolled in college, or receiving unemployment benefits.

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