Possible Changes Being Made to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Possible changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program now under debate in Congress could overwhelm the faith groups that run some of Indiana’s hunger-fighting programs. Rules added to SNAP, formerly food stamps, under a proposal in the House could include much tighter income and work requirements for eligibility. States where those tactics have been tried report more people showing up at food banks and pantries. Andrew Green with Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis says the problem is, they’re already feeding as many people as they can. Supporters argue tighter rules could save the government money by forcing people to get jobs. Green says that requirement doesn’t match what they see in the folks who come to the center. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, among adults on SNAP who are able to work, 80-percent are already working or between jobs.
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