Georgia cutting Food Stamp Program

While this is wonderful…

On a side note, the food stamps program in general is losing recipients as our economy improves. Over 3.5 million people have been taken off food stamps since the 2016 general election.

Between April and October, Georgia has removed approximately up to 8,000 people each month from the SNAP food stamp program, which the state says has streamlined its ability to prevent abuse of the program.

The removals came amid speculation that the Trump administration would continue its crackdown on the abuse of federal assistance programs, including food stamps, by imposing work requirements on those looking receive aid.

Jobs, jobs jobs!

From The Hill:

Georgia has reportedly removed thousands of people from the federal food stamp program in recent months for failing to meet its work requirement amid a planned crackdown by the Trump administration.

The state removed nearly 8,000 people a month from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between April and October, compared to less than 400 a month from October 2017 through March of this year, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which cited data from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).

Georgia officials told the newspaper that they are now able to better track who is receiving food stamps and remove ineligible recipients through a new data management system.

“We have more data elements available to us with this system than we have had with any of our other eligibility systems,” Jon Anderson, head of DFCS’s Office of Family Independence told the newspaper. “We are more confident in the system being able to identify ABAWDs [able-bodied adults without dependents] than we were in earlier systems.”

The uptick in removals comes as the Trump administration looks to impose stricter work requirements on SNAP.

A new rule would have forced able-bodied adults without dependents to work in order to be eligible for SNAP. The provision was not in the final version of the farm bill recently passed by Congress, but President Trumpis considering a new proposal to enforce stricter work requirements.

via magavoter, additionally

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