New food stamp restrictions have been signed into law in North Carolina. Starting next year, recipients of food stamps will have to meet work requirements to stay eligible for them.
This new bill was passed by state lawmakers in September, then finally signed by Governor Pat McCrory in mid October. Approximently 45,000 beneficiaries will be affected by these new statutes.
In a nutshell, the law requires recipients to meet work requirements in order to receive the welfare which was originally laid out in the Personal Responsibility and Work opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 which was then removed following economic recession in 2008.
In order to receive this welfare, any childless, able-bodied adult between 18 & 49 must meet work requirements in order to take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP.)