CANTON, MS (WLBT) - President Trump wants food stamp recipients to be required to work more in order to continue receiving the federal food assistance.
States will be restricted in exempting work eligible adults from having to maintain jobs to get food stamps.
Organizers of an area food bank support the planned changes.
Thursday, Our Daily Bread Food Bank in Canton distributed Christmas turkeys and meals donated by the Chapel of the Cross to clients who use the charity’s services.
Executive Director Shavetta LeFlore said all who participate in their programs are urged to work, go to school or volunteer at the food bank.
The USDA requires able bodied adults to work if they receive food stamps for more than three months in a three year period,
The Trump administration is proposing that states no longer waive the requirements in areas with unemployment is above seven percent.
“I’m very much in agreement with that,” said LeFlore. “Here at Our Daily Bread, we serve the Canton-Madison County community, and we do serve low income families; however, we encourage families to get a job or go to school.”
The organization will distribute 700 Christmas meals, along with 700 blankets donated by various charities.
Forklift operator Arthur Daughtrey of Canton does not receive food stamps, but appreciates the organizations efforts to help families make ends meet.
“I work, and I still come here,” said Daughtrey. “To me you don’t kick a person when they’re down. If you can lend a helping hand do that.”
Chester Hughes of Canton is disabled and was of the dozens of clients picking up a turkey and box of fixings that will be his Christmas dinner.
“Truly this is a blessing and I thank God for this turkey giveaway, and I’m just overjoyed about it,” he said.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services oversees the state’s food stamp program.
No one was available Thursday to comment on the impact the proposed changes would have on Mississippi’s food stamp recipients.