States' new push: food stamp recipients must work or volunteer

During the last recession, President Obama allowed states to suspend a requirement that able-bodied adults without children work at least 20 hours per week or participate in a training program to receive benefits for more than three months.

Despite a large decrease in the unemployment rate since then, more than 40 states still do not require welfare recipients to work.

That seems to be changing, however, as a new policy went into effect in Mississippi today, requiring residents to work or volunteer 20 hours a week to qualify for food stamps.

Other states are considering similar legislation.


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