House Considering Major Changes in Food Stamp Guidelines

Thousands of Hoosiers could be impacted if the federal government changes the guidelines for getting food stamps.

The U.S. House is proposing legislation that would require able-bodied adults, ages 18 to 59, who are not pregnant, or have children under the age of 6, to work or participate in job training in order to take part in the SNAP,or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

SNAP recipients could also be locked out of the program for up to three years if they fail to work or enroll in job training.

If the bill becomes law, the new work requirements would take effect in 2021.

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