New work requirements in Georgia have caused thousands of people to lose their food stamp benefits.
More than half of food stamp recipients in 21 Georgia counties are deleted from the program of the following new work mandates, set by the state, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
11,779 people without children, and is considered to be in a state were required to find work by April 1 in order to continue to receive the assistance. But 62 percent after the deadline, reduce the number receiving food stamps, to 4,528.
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The officials in the state began with the enforcement of the work mandate in 2016 with Cobb, Gwinnett, and Hall counties. The recipients were provided three months to find a job or training or risk having their benefits cuts.
The plan is to grow the requirements of the work to all 159 counties in the state in 2019. 60 more will be added in 2018.
About 1.6 million Georgia residents currently use food stamps, that are funded through federal dollars and administered by the Georgia Division of Family and child services (DCFS).
A DFCS spokeswoman said that the department has offered to provide assistance with job search and training to the relevant recipients.
President Donald Trump’s new budget plan recently put forward a proposal for a $192 billion cut in food stamps in a decade.