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Trump administration tightens food stamp work requirements; hundreds of Mainers likely impacted

December 04, 2019 | WMTW

“We see this as a cruel punishment for people living in poverty.” — Meredith Cook, Preble Street Social Change Advocate

The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food stamp program in a move that will slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people.

The rule will restrict states from exempting work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which feeds more than 36 million Americans.

The Agriculture Department says the change would save $5.5 billion over five years and cut benefits for about 688,000 recipients.

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