Last month, the Trump Administration announced a new rule to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – popularly known as “food stamps.” The Department of Human Services runs the program. Local Division of Family and Children Services can provide onsite help.
This rule requires able-bodied adults without dependents to show proof of work. The new rule works like this: all food stamp recipients are subject to a work requirement (unless they meet certain exemptions). Anyone who receives food stamps can only get them for three months in a 36 month period unless the person meets the work requirement. People exempted from these rules are pregnant women, people with a dependent child in the household and people unable to work due to a disability. Work is defined as an average of 20 hours a week. Work can include hours in lieu of pay for rent etc. Participation in a workfare program or work training program counts.
In Georgia, there were approximately 1.3 million people on food stamps in 2019. In that number, only about 120,000 were classified as “able-bodied” according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. Seventy percent of food stamp recipients are families with dependent children. The income limits for food stamps are as follows: $1354 in gross income for a household of 1; $1832 for a household of 2; $2311 for a household of 3; and $2790 for a household of 4. The graph for the income requirements can be found at igeorgiafoodstamps.com. The average monthly benefit is $121 per person.