Changes to food stamps could deny benefits to thousands
By Alfred Lubrano
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).