South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and the Department of Social Services are now promising help to more people get back on their feet with new restrictions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, sometimes called food stamps.
Individuals who receive benefits from SNAP will now have to meet new requirements as of April 1st. Gov. Haley says those changes will affect more than 60,000 people in the state who currently receive SNAP benefits.
Under the new rules, individuals without dependents will be limited to three months of SNAP benefit unless they meet the new work requirements, including working 20 hours a week or at least 20 hours of job training.
"We are not taking these benefits away but we see this an opportunity to give more people work," Gov. Haley said Thursday.
Individuals who do not comply with the work requirements will lose their SNAP benefit for the remainder of the 36-month period time period. They can regain eligibility during this time period by meeting the work requirement for 30 days, after which they remain eligible to receive SNAP for as long as they continue to meet work requirements.
These new work requirements will not affect the disabled, elderly or individuals with dependents.