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SNAP requirement changes blocked by court

U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell ruled that the changes by the Trump administration to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can not go into effect. The judge called the new rules "capricious, arbitrary and likely unlawful". The Judge further expands and refers to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as a reason to block the changes. "Especially now, as a global pandemic poses widespread health risks, guaranteeing that government officials at both the federal and state levels have flexibility to address the nutritional needs of residents and ensure their well-being through programs like SNAP, is essential".

Trump administration is planning on tighten work requirements for SNAP

With the beginning of April, the administration under Donald Trump is planning on tightening the work requirements for the SNAP - the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commonly referred to as Food Stamps. People that are healthy and able and don't raise children need to work at least 20 hours a week if they are between 18-49 years old in order to qualify. The government estimates that around 700,000 people will lose access to the SNAP program following this change.