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Welfare State

Requiring Work Stops Food Stamp Dependency

Written by Joe Scudder

Food stamp dependency shrank dramatically when counties required the able-bodied to work.

Food stamp dependency is often unhealthy for the people receiving help. During the last recession, many counties in many states invoked their authority to waive the requirement that able-bodied people work in order to receive food stamps. During that time, the number of people receiving food stamps increased a great deal.

But now some counties are reinstating the requirement. In Alabama, food stamp dependency has decreased! reports: “13 Alabama counties saw 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements restarted.

Thirteen previously exempted Alabama counties saw an 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements were put in place on Jan. 1, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

The counties – Greene, Hale, Perry, Dallas, Lowndes, Wilcox, Monroe, Conecuh, Clarke, Washington, Choctaw, Sumter and Barbour – had been exempt from a change that limited able-bodied adults without dependents to three months of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits within a three-year time frame unless they were working or participating in an approved training program.


Ending the exemption has dramatically cut the number of SNAP recipients in the counties.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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