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85% Decline in Food Stamps Reported in Alabama After Requiring People to Work

13 Counties in Alabama have reported an 85% decline in welfare receipients since reinstating the work requirement. On January 1st, 2017, there were 5,538 able-bodied adults without young children that were receiving food stamps. On May 1st, 2017, there were only 831. This represents an 85% drop.

Statewide, 13,663 able-bodied adults without young children received foodstamps in January, the number dropped to 7,483 by May. The state exempted Green, Hale, Dallas, Lowndes, Wilcox, Monroe, Conecuh, Clarke, Washington, Choctaw, Sumter, and Barbour counties from the work requirement due to abnormally high unemployment.

The state expects the trend to continue:

“Based on the trend, the number of (able-bodied adults without dependents) recipients for SNAP benefits is expected to continue to decline statewide and in the formerly 13 exempted counties.” – Alabama DHR spokesperson John Hardy

There are currently no work requirements to receive foodstamps at a federal level. The food stamp policies are still determined by the state. The Trump administration is looking at implementing a work requirement at the federal level. Nationwide, 42,906,253 Americans are enrolled in the food stamp program as of fiscal year (FY) 2017, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics.

Source: Breitbart
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