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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it wants feedback on how to get a certain segment of Americans out of poverty and off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.
Starting Friday, the public — as well as states and other stakeholders — will have 45 days to comment about possible changes to SNAP benefits for recipients who are between the ages of 18 to 49 and don’t have dependents. They make up about 9 percent of the SNAP recipients, the USDA says.
“The (Trump) administration does hope to come forward with a rule that helps move the conversation forward on this population that folks have been talking about for a number of years,” Brandon Lipps, the acting deputy undersecretary for the USDA’s Food Nutrition and Consumer Service agency, said Thursday. “But we want to make sure that we have all the best information available from everyone out there before we do that.”
Currently, able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) can get SNAP benefitsfor three months over a three-year period.
Read more about the USDA potential food stamp changes by Madelyn Beck at Harvest Public Media