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New ruling endangers SNAP benefits for over 700K Americans

A new USDA requirement rule means over 700,000 Americans will lose their SNAP benefits. Action news now broke down what this could mean for the people in Shasta County.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 1:16 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2019 1:18 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Over 700,000 people could be left without benefits after president trump’s plan to cut more money from food stamp programs for people who don't meet certain requirements.

For the people in Shasta County, this would mean that a significant amount of people would be affected.

A spokesperson from the Shasta county health and human services, Jill Haskett, said that they don't know the exact number of people that could become affected.

However, the proposed rule would limit the amount of time an "able-bodied" adult without dependents can receive snap benefits to three months within a three year period.

Health officials at the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency said that one of the main requirements is that people will have to show proof of employment or that they are seeking job training to still be eligible for the program.

"What we're hoping to do is to funnel people into our CalFresh Employment and Training Program so that they can stay on CalFresh and be doing some employment training and that will meet the requirement," Haskett said.

Anyone who would like to learn more about enrolling into job training, email cfet@co.shasta.ca.us

The USDA statistics for 2018, indicate 14.3 million American households’ had difficulty providing enough food for members of their household.

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