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States With Work Requirement Show Decrease on Food Stamp Rolls

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, have introduced a bill requiring able-bodied adults without children to join "work activation" initiatives to receive food stamps. (Getty Images/Alex Wong)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 10:15 AM

States that have recently returned to having work requirements for those on food stamp rolls are seeing sizable declines in the number of people on the rolls, according to Fox News.

Enrollment in the food stamp program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), peaked at almost 48 million around the U.S. in 2013, and some states have pushed stamp recipients who are able to work to get back on the job.

Examples include Alabama, which began in 2017 requiring able-bodied adults without children in 13 counties to find a job or undergo work training to stay on food stamps. Between January and May, the number of recipients in those counties dropped from 5,538 to 831—an 85 percent drop, according to AL.com.

In Georgia, similar rules led to a 58 percent drop in the rolls in three counties, according to a Georgia Public Policy Foundation report.

In 21 other Georgia counties that now have work requirements, there was a 62 percent decline, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Officials said they plan to expand the requirement to all of Georgia's 159 counties by 2019.

"The greater good is people being employed, being productive, and contributing to the state," Bobby Cage, Division of Family and Children Services director, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Work requirements have been enormously successful at reducing the number of people on food stamps. And while they made sense in the early part of the recession when unemployment was higher, that is no longer the case," Robert Doar, American Enterprise Institute poverty studies fellow, told the Journal-Constitution.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, have introduced a bill requiring able-bodied adults without children to join "work activation" initiatives to receive the program's benefits. The bill also sets time limits on how long users can participate in the SNAP program.

"The focus of these programs should be on how we can help adults get their families to a better way of life," Jordan said to Fox News.

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