West Virginia law requires food stamp recipients to work for benefits

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill on Tuesday.


Starting in October, some food stamp recipients in West Virginia, the fulfillment of certain requirements, to benefit from the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Gov. Jim Justice under the bill Tuesday, the Charleston Gazette Mail, which noted there was no press conference or public statement, after the bill was signed.

A spokesman for Gov. of justice did not immediately return Fox News ” request for comment Thursday.

The bill applies to all “able-bodied” adults between the ages of 18 to 49 who are not pregnant, have no dependents and are not disabled or military veterans. SNAP received benefits, the recipient must either work, volunteer work, or involvement in, the education of the work force for at least 20 hours in the week.

The bill would allow, to receive, the recipients in certain countries, a work requirement waiver to October 2022. After this point, “no able-bodied working adults in the state of exemptions from the work obligation,” the paper reported can get.

Currently, 46, West Virginia 55 countries of the world have to work waivers the requirement.

Alabama and Georgia, among other States have similar requirements for food stamp recipients.

Supporters of the new law say it will be that some recipients of abuse of the system, and will help people back to work, even if it’s just volunteer work. Opponents, on the other hand, argue that the new law will push poor people from the food stamp program to fight.

The maximum potential benefit is $192 per month, or about $6.40 per day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

According to data published by the USDA in the last month, approximately 14.9 percent of households in West Virginia, food insecurity faced, from 2014 to 2016. This is a 5.6 percent increase from 2004 to 2006, according to the data.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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