Safety Net

February 23, 2024 by Kelly Allen
Senate Passes Bill Expanding Work Requirements for Nutrition Benefits Up to Age 59

West Virginia MetroNews - Senators passed a bill that would expand requirements for work or employment training for able-bodied adults without dependents for benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Read the full article. The bill passed on a 32-2 vote and now goes to the House of Delegates.  SB 562 also extends the age range for people…

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February 14, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
Fewer West Virginians on SNAP Would be Affected by Bill Under Proposed Changes, but Thousands Could Still Lose Food Benefits

Mountain State Spotlight - West Virginia lawmakers are moving forward a bill to change the work requirements for food stamps. The bill expands work requirements to older adults — able-bodied people between age 53 and 59 — and will likely affect thousands of West Virginians. But changes to the bill removed able-bodied adults with dependents from the…

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February 13, 2024 by Kelly Allen
Senate Proposal Would Expand Work Requirements for Nutrition Benefits for Adults Without Dependents

West Virginia MetroNews - Senators are advancing a bill that would expand requirements for work or employment training for able-bodied adults without dependents for benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Read the full article. The bill also extends the age range for people affected to 59. The age range for current procedures is from…

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February 13, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
Some 70 Thousand People Could Lose Their Food Stamps After Changes in SNAP Program Requirements

Breaking Latest - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the United States is set to add new eligibility requirements that could put more than 75,000 people, including children, at risk of losing their food stamps. Read the full article. In West Virginia, a bill proposed by local legislators on the issue is under review. Caitlin Cook,…

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February 12, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
About 70,000 People Could Lose Food Stamps After Changes to SNAP Program Requirements

Spark Chronicles, World Nation News - The SNAP program will add new eligibility requirements. More than 70,000 people are at risk of losing food stamps. Read the full article. The U.S.’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program is implementing new changes to eligibility requirements. If all projected changes are implemented, more than 75,000 people, including…

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February 8, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
Thousands of West Virginians Could Lose Food Assistance if Lawmakers Get Their Way

Mountain State Spotlight - Up to a quarter of the 300,000 West Virginians enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are at risk of losing the benefits they need to feed themselves and their families, if a new bill introduced by lawmakers comes to pass.   Read the full article. “The way it is written, it’s taking away…

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January 24, 2024 by Seth DiStefano
Food Stamps: How Stricter SNAP Work Requirements May Negatively Impact Employment & More

Yahoo News - Recently, several policies have made changes to work requirements for food stamps. Instead of increasing employment rates and decreasing the number of people who rely on food assistance programs, studies have shown it’s had a negative impact on local communities. Read the full article. Work requirements are meant to force Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients…

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January 23, 2024 by Seth DiStefano
How Will New Work Requirements for SNAP Benefits Affect Food Insecurity, Employment?

Daily Yonder, Modern Farmer - As policymakers in DC have continued to negotiate compromises to fund the federal government — and craft a new Farm Bill — there has been no shortage of political wrangling over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), often referred to as “food stamps.” For example, in mid 2023 an agreement…

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January 18, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
Policies That Further Restrict SNAP Harm Families, Retailers, and the Charitable Sector

Overview Read the full fact sheet here. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is the most powerful anti-hunger tool in the United States. It is highly responsive to economic downturns, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, where unemployment peaked at over 15 percent in West Virginia.[1] SNAP already…

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