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Friday, July 21, 2017

Guess What Happens In States Where Food Stamp Recipients Have To Work

Leftists are constantly reminding of us of the merits of welfare. They tell us that without the help of taxpayer funded handouts, millions of Americans will starve or be left homeless. There’s no doubt that some people really do need help, but this black and white view of welfare doesn’t paint the full picture. Conservatives and libertarians have suspected for decades that many of the people on welfare are actually mooching off of the system. So to reconcile the need to help people who are helpless with the very really problem of people abusing the system, they’ve come up with a great compromise.

In regards to food stamps, they’ve suggested that we offer food assistance on the condition that the recipients are working. Or at the very least, that they volunteer or community service or are making an effort to train themselves for a new job. So what happens in states that have work requirements for food stamp recipients?

Alabama began 2017 by requiring able-bodied adults without children in 13 counties to either find a job or participate in work training as a condition for continuing to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

According to, the number of those recipients declined from 5,538 to 831 between Jan. 1 and the beginning of May – an 85 percent drop.

Similar changes were implemented in select counties in Georgia and by the end of the first three months, the number of adults receiving benefits in three participating counties dropped 58 percent, according to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that in 21 additional counties that restored the work requirement, there was a 62 percent drop in SNAP participants.



Anonymous said...

Tell this to every legislator in the state of Maryland.

Anonymous said...

And let's pare down the stuff that can be purchased to food that's actually nutritious. This isn't limiting to make anyone feel bad, it's limiting to make people healthier.

Anonymous said...

Help those who truly need help. Those who have $1200 balances on their SNAP cards don't seem to be among them.

Anonymous said...

And it would work in Maryland too if they would just implement it.

Anonymous said...

Throw in drug testing

Anonymous said...

most if us dont mind people that tuly need help in getting it. But i do mind when i go into the store and they are getting stuff that i dont even buy due to the cost. and not to mention those kids still going to school hungry and have to still be fed when they are already getting to feed those kids and they still dont! and over this summer all of the kitchens for kids to get fed are in nondesirable neighbor hoods. Kids in other parts of the county dont go hungry? They are triple dipping the system. Food card, free lunch and a lunch program for the summer. What about The hard working people go that go hungry and dont qualify for help because they have a job and pay taxes? The system needs to be revamped! Work requirements or volunteer works until they can find a job if they are unemployed. Unless they can show proof of disability or age of retirement and SS income. Some Retired, elderly need help to.