15000 Wisconsin Residents Lose Access to Food Stamps under New Law

Published Date : Dec 01, 2015

In the first 3 months, almost 15,000 residents of Wisconsin have lost the access to food stamps under a new law that compels some of the recipients to seek jobs, as per the data provided by the U.S. government.

The law has been enforced since April 2015 for participants in FoodShare, the food stamp program of Wisconsin state. According to the law, the able-bodied adults, who do not have children and are living at home, are required to work at least 80 hours per month. If they don’t have work at present, they must look for a job to stay in the program. Without this, they can go only for three months in this programs after that they will be kicked out of FoodShare if they don’t agree to look for work.

Between July and September 2015, around 15,000 recipients among a total of 60,000 recipients, who were eligible to work, were dropped off from the program.

Mr. Sherrie Tussler, the executive director at Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee, stated that the people, who have been kicked off the program, will have to depend more on charity. He further added that these people will bankrupt their food banks. Tussler’s group supplies soup kitchens, food pantries, and homeless shelters equipped with emergency food.

Around 4,500 FoodShare recipients got work through a novel job training program on the whole. However, just 7% of the recipients in Milwaukee County, where around 50% of the adult childless able-bodied recipients reside, got placed in jobs, since the new rule took effect. Almost 836,000 residents of Wisconsin enjoy FoodShare benefits; around 40% of them are children, as per the DHS records.