L.A. County Challenges New Food Stamp Rule

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to challenge a new Trump administration rule for obtaining Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The new rule, which takes effect April 1, will make it more difficult for states to waive federal work requirements for those on assistance. Able-bodied adults with no dependents who live in areas with less than a 10% unemployment rate will need to work 20 hours per week to qualify.

“This draconian new rule will take food away from nearly 700,000 SNAP recipients nationally, which includes 304,000 recipients in Los Angeles County, by imposing work requirements on individuals who struggle to find gainful employment,” Supervisor Hilda Solis said, as quoted by the Daily News. “This is yet another assault by this administration against the millions of working families, and children, who rely on SNAP to combat hunger.”

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the change is meant to encourage work and not allow government assistance “to become an indefinitely giving hand.”