New Requirements for Snap Recipients

On Wednesday, the United States Department of Agriculture released the “SNAP: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents” rule that makes changes which emphasize workforce participation for able-bodied, working-age adults between the ages of 18 and 49. The rule does not apply to children and their parents, individuals over the age of 50, and pregnant women or individuals with disabilities.

Congressman James Comer, who represents Russell County is the First Congressional District, said the rule sets new, more realistic expectations about participation in the food stamp program, while setting clearer and more measurable standards that reflect current positive economic conditions.

The rule is set to take effect on April 1, 2020. For more information on the interim final rule, please visit the USDA’s website at

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