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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 5, 2015) – Starting Thursday, November 5, 18,000 Hoosiers are expected to lose SNAP benefits with more impacted in the weeks and months ahead.

The SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) program was formerly called “food stamps,” a program over 800,000 Hoosiers use.

Work requirements for the program were in place until the 2009 recession. Now that the economy has improved, they’re being reinstated.

These state that able-bodied adults aged 18-49 with no dependents must work or job train 20 hours a week. If not, a recipient would be limited to three months of benefits every three years.

“The good news is, if you do fall into this category in Indiana, we will help you sign up for a work-training program, which will help you get the training and assistance you need in finding a job,” said Marni Lemons with the Family and Social Services Administration.

To reinstate SNAP benefits, participants must work part-time or enter a free job training program.

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