‘Historic’ changes for Louisiana food stamp program as Gov. John Bel Edwards inks executive order
Beginning July 1, thousands of unemployed adults in Louisiana will have to seek job search and training assistance through the state’s workforce centers to continue receiving food stamp benefits for an extended period.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday signed an executive order establishing the first work restrictions on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program here in nearly two decades.
“This truly is important. It’s historic,” Edwards said in announcing the new initiative. “We are striking the right balance as we move Louisiana forward.”
The new requirements apply to able-bodied, childless food stamp recipients between the ages of 18 and 49 who are not employed, attending school, enrolled in a job-training program or otherwise exempt from current federal work requirements, and who stay on the SNAP rolls for more than three months.