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SNAP benefits could end for one USC student

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Travis Bookert just wishes that SNAP would make the process to apply a little easier. Travis Bookert just wishes that SNAP would make the process to apply a little easier.
Governor Haley fully supports the new requirements Governor Haley fully supports the new requirements

By Edwin Santamaria

USC student Travis Bookert gets SNAP benefits. SNAP, sometimes known as food stamps, and it offers nutrition assistance to millions of people. The new South Carolina rules require that recipients work eighty hours a month might have several people losing their eligibility, including Bookert.

Bookert says the new requirement would be difficult to pull off with his schedule.

"It just makes life difficult with the additional hours that they need for the food. When they know I already work," he says.

Governor Nikki Haley supports the new change in requirements.

"And this is not denying anyone food stamps. What this is saying we need to get these people to work," she says.Bookert still feels confident that he can keep his benefits.

Bookert still feels confident that he can continue to receive the benefits, despite being a full-time student and working at Flinn Hall.

"I believe that I can continue to be on food stamps. They do ask for a lot because you can't make over so much amount of money, but you also have to work so many hours," Bookert says.

He's had to reapply several times. And each time they ask him for different requirements

Bookert says that he will probably have to get another job to continue receiving SNAP benefits.

In South Carolina 100,000 households depend on SNAP each month, according to DSS.

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