10,000 SNAP Recipients In Western Mass. Could Lose Benefits Under New Trump Rule | WAMC

10,000 SNAP Recipients In Western Mass. Could Lose Benefits Under New Trump Rule

Dec 4, 2019

A new rule from the Trump administration will make it harder for states to waive a work requirement for food stamp benefits. Exemptions to the rule currently in place in high unemployment areas of Hampden and Berkshire counties would be eliminated next year.

    The Trump administration Wednesday tightened the work requirements for food stamp benefits.

       Anti-hunger activists in Massachusetts decried the change.

     The new rule makes it more difficult for states to waive a requirement that an able-bodied adult without children must work at least 20 hours a week or lose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

      WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Christina Maxwell, Director of Programs for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.