New Food Stamp Requirement In Maine Causes Sudden Drop In Enrollment

Jan Omega - Author

Nov. 15 2014, Updated 2:43 a.m. ET

At its very core, the purpose behind food stamps is a very novel case of helping the less fortunate. There are times in people’s lives best explained as trying. Sometimes, these trying times may result in a sudden decrease in income, making the purchasing of necessities, such as food, difficult. Food stamps are a means for these unfortunate people to feed themselves and their families until they bounce back from the difficulty. Unfortunately, many people abuse the welfare system by unscrupulous means, just so they don’t have to pay for food.

As a result, The Inquisitr reported that food stamps are actually the “new form of money” to splurge and abuse, in which one couple kept receiving food stamps despite owning a $1.2 million dollar yacht.

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Presently, states are fighting the fraud by implementing certain requirements that need to be met to qualify for food stamps. In Maine, they added on one extra requirement for enrollment for their food stamps. It is believed that one requirement caused a sudden drop in its enrollment.

According to an article by the Boston Globe, Governor Paul LePage allowed a federal waiver to expire earlier this year so he could reinstate the following requirement into food stamp enrollment.

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“With certain exceptions, able-bodied adults between 16 and 60 years of age must register for work, accept an offer of suitable work, and take part in an employment and training program to which they are referred by [the Office for Family Independence].”

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