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State Passes New Food Stamp Law and Just Booted 41,000 People Off EBT Benefits

The law reinstated a controversial 1996 welfare law that limited access to food stamps for able-bodied, childless adults to only three months out of every three years, unless they worked a minimum of 20 hours a week or attended an approved job training program, reports Ozarks First. After the recession of 2007, however, many areas had waived these mandates due to the high rates of unemployment across the nation.

 

Nearly 41,000 Missouri residents have lost their access to food stamps after a new state law went into effect which reduces the length of time recipients are eligible for assistance.

The law reinstated a controversial 1996 welfare law that limited access to food stamps for able-bodied, childless adults to only three months out of every three years, unless they worked a minimum of 20 hours a week or attended an approved job training program, reports Ozarks First. After the recession of 2007, however, many areas had waived these mandates due to the high rates of unemployment across the nation.

“The legislators believe that around five dollars a day in food stamps was enough to keep people from looking for work — which we maintain was absolute craziness,” said Jeanette Mott Oxford of the Empower Missouri social welfare group, according to Ozarks First.

Sources: Ozarks First, Chicago Tribune / Photo Credit: greggavedon/Flickr

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