Rule seeks to tighten work requirements for food stamps

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is alarming Alaska food security advocates who say it would make it tougher to waive work requirements for food stamps.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Alaska has held a waiver for years to exempt recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from a rule requiring able-bodied adults to participate in an employment program in order to get assistance.

The proposed rule would make it harder for states to get that waiver.

Most adults have to participate in employment, work training or an approved volunteer position to get food stamps.

Alaska advocates are concerned that the proposed rule could cause a disruption on people who live in subsistence-dependent villages where there are few jobs.

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