Changes to food stamps could deny benefits to thousands

By Alfred Lubrano

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The proposed bill would do away with the waiver, then expand the age of people required to work to 59. It also would require parents of children aged 6 and over to work, potentially creating serious child-care challenges for parents, advocates say.

And if people fall below 20 hours of work in a week, they could lose SNAP benefits for a year, the proposed new rules say.

Already disadvantaged by low wages and unpredictable hours, people working in part-time jobs in industries such as fast food, hospitality, and retail could be devastated, said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a director of the nonprofit Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

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