ALBANY, GA (WALB) - People on food stamps will have to "do more" to get their benefits, now effective since Friday.
Under new standards for the SNAP program, any able bodied adult without dependents will be limited to three months of SNAP benefits in a three year period, unless he or she meets a work requirement or exemption.
The standard applies to those between the ages of 18 and 50, who don't take care of anyone else.
According to the USDA, the changes come as the economy continues to improve.
Georgia and South Carolina are just two of the states seeing these changes.
"It is going to put a little bit of stress. Because it doesn't matter how hard you're looking. If you fill out eighty applications a day, if you don't have the eighty hours a month then it doesn't count. You're going to lose your SNAP benefits for three years," said program coordinator Lee Patterson.
Thousands of people in Georgia and other states could be impacted.