9,000 Drop Food Stamps After This State Institutes Work Requirements

by CNS News
April 9, 2015

A Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) spokesman tells the Associated Press that 12,000 non-disabled adults were in Maine’s SNAP program before Jan. 1 – a number that dropped to 2,680 by the end of March.

More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state’s food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements.

The new rules prevent adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents from receiving food stamps for more than three months – unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program or meet volunteering requirements.

DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said the goal of the requirements is to encourage people to find work.

10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Sheileagh says:

    So… when will other States follow suit? ASAP please…!!! The Food Stamps program was designed to assist those in REALLY dire need, we do not, or should not have to be obliged to feed the masses who are just too lazy to work, or those who are in America illegally. End of story!

  • Galen Olsberg says:

    Somebody has to lead the way — Thank you Maine – Galen.

  • 2004done says:

    The non-disabled have to work or volunteer? Almost sounds like something that will choke progressives’ blather.


    Common sense is always welcome!

  • Deborah says:

    Good for Maine, perhaps other states will follow suit with this good, common sense. In response to Dee, it’s really easy to look like you are actively looking for a job when in fact not so much; At least in my state.

  • Dee says:

    We were never on food stamps, but when my husband’s company that he worked at for many years moved out of state, and had to go on unemployment assistance he had to prove he was looking for a job. That should be a requirement that you do prove you are actively looking for a job.

  • Thomas says:

    we also need to require drug testing for all the receive any type of assistance.

  • dww says:

    Hooray for Maine!!!!!!

    1. J A R says:

      I second your hooray! Time for our nation to wake up, our human nature will almost always vote itself free stuff, so our federal & state governments need to get out of the charity business. Let the US community take care of those who truely have needs, to trust ourselves to care for those in need & get the governments to do what they are supposed to do. Balance budgets & protect the citizens from harm by keeping a strong military presence worldwide and police in the community.

  • wiseguy says:

    Take away ALL food stamps and give them surplus food

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