SNAP Benefits To End For Some Arkansans

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) --  Around 12,000 Arkansans will lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits on Friday (April 1).

SNAP provides a monthly benefit for eligible families in Arkansas. According to Strike Force Sebastian County, the average monthly benefit per recipient is $112.43.

Due to the unemployment rate, Arkansas no longer qualifies for a waiver of rules under the program. Starting Friday, those who are losing benefits will include people between the ages of 18-49 who are able to work and have no dependents.

Individuals in this category will be limited to three months of benefits in any 36-month period.

However, those individuals may continue to use the program if they work at least 20 hours per week or are enrolled in a job-training program.

Other exemptions include people with a mental disability, who are pregnant or caring for a disabled person.

Local food banks are prepared to pick up the weight if there is need.

"We have quite a bit of food on hand, so we are able to handle an influx right now," said River Valley Food Bank director Ted Clemmons. "In our region we are feeding approximately 43-53,000 a month."

Clemmons said 1,000 people in the region are losing benefits on Friday.




    • Carol Price

      My problem is not on my A–as you like call it…I cannot get a job, no one is willingly to give me a chance…the biggest problem I have is I am short 4ft 10 inches tall….to everyone I am teen…even though I have driver’s parents are dead, my sister is dead, my brother is dead..I have no family to help me…I hate that fact there is no food stamps for those who under 49 years old and younger…I am 52. I am allow to have foodstamps…I am still looking for work and living with a woman is bed-ridden from illness…she never get better…she is exactly 49…she needs to eat too.

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