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Eastern Shore Residents to be Impacted by Trump Administration SNAP Rule Change

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SALISBURY, Md.- Nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. will lose food stamp benefits. That comes after the Trump Administration formalized stricter work requirements for recipients of SNAP.

This is supposed to impact adults ages 18-49, who are childless and not disabled. According to the USDA, 2.9 million adults on the SNAP rolls were able-bodied and did not have dependents, and 2.1 million were not working. 

"We have some grown people here that need to go to work, they really need to get off their behinds and go to work," said a local resident. 

But hunger advocates have said the change does nothing to help people find work and only removes a benefit from people already challenged to make ends meet. 

The Maryland Food Bank says with a change like this, an estimated 30,000 individuals in the area will need additional support.

Jennifer Small, the director from the Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore, says a change in food stamp benefits will have a significant impact on people in need.

"What we're going to see is these network organizations that we partner with, who are already working up maximum security, to meet the need are going to have a greater challenge because we're struggling to meet the need today and if we increase that going into next year it's going to be even harder to make sure our families have food on the table," said Small. 

According to Small, if SNAP benefits are cut, this impact could affect one in nine Eastern Shore residents.

"Four of the top most food insecure counties are here on the Eastern Shore: those are Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties, high pockets of food insecurities based off of their population that are recipients of SNAP benefits," Small said. "Removing those benefits continues to make those food insecurity numbers grow."

The new regulations are expected to go into effect next April.



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