LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Thousands of Arkansas residents will stop receiving “SNAP” benefits, or food stamps, by the end of the month.
According to the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), some 12-thousand residents will be cut off and unable to use the stamps for food.
Those impacted fall between the ages of 18 and 49 – who are capable of working, aren’t attending school and don’t have any dependents.
Normally Arkansas residents are only allowed to receive SNAP benefits for a total of three-months over the course of a three-year period.
DHS director of communication Amy Webb says until now the government had been waiving the three-month rule in light of the recession.
“We try to make sure that folks who don’t have another option are continuing to get the benefits,” Webb says. “But for those who are able bodied, then we want to encourage them to work.”
“If they work, and still meet the income guidelines, then they would be eligible for assistance,” she says.
Webb says DHS began sending out notices about the upcoming changes in December of last year.