Thousands of MS SNAP recipients no longer qualify under new gov' - - Jackson, MS

Thousands of MS SNAP recipients no longer qualify under new gov't requirements

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Thousands of Mississippians receiving food stamp benefits no longer qualify for them under new government requirements.

The new policy requires that single people between the ages of 18 and 49 who are able to work put in at least 20 or more hours on the job, volunteer, or enroll in a job-training program. While many folks admit they are not happy about this change, Food banks are bracing for the large number of low income families in need.

“I thought it was rude and mean,” said Mary Riley Walker.

“You say if we don't have job you are going to take our food stamps, but if we get a job you are still going to cut our food stamps,” said  a snap recipient.

These two Jackson women who receive Snap Benefits didn't hold back their anger when talking about the new policy that went into effect April 1st.

They feel it is taking food out of the mouths of 67,000 hungry and poor families in Mississippi.

“It is not just about blacks anymore.  There are a lot of whites on them too and not able to do nothing,” said

“So you are leaving us homeless, foodless,” said Snap recipient.

Over at Our Daily Bread food bank in Canton, which feeds more than 400 people weekly, Executive Director Shaveta Laflore said nearly two dozen people have called her in need of food and a job.

“We cannot turn them down, so the people that are coming in that are needing those hours, so the first thing we are asking them to do is further their education, so we are parenting with Notre Dame and Jackson State’s Lifelong Learning  program for single parents,” said Laflore.

Our Daily Bread said it is committed to keeping the shelves stock with food, offering work and guidance for those who kicked out of the snap benefits program.  Laflore still hopes privileged community members will also give to her nonprofit and others to get these folks back on track.

“We have to help these people because it is the right thing to do. Secondly if we don't help them we are going to see our crime rates go up. They are going to have to decipher do I want to be hungry or do I want to go in this store and steal because I have to feed myself or my children,” said Laflore.

If you would like to give a donation or help feed the needy, call Our Daily Bread in Canton at (601) 859-9211.

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