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Over 18,000 Indiana residents lose food stamp benefits

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INDIANAPOLIS (November 21, 2015) — About 18,300 people in Indiana have lost food stamp benefits this month after a change in work and job training requirements.

The former recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are losing an average of $125 a month in benefits.

In July, Indiana reinstated SNAP requirements for able-bodied adults ages 18 to 49 who don’t have dependents to work an average of 20 hours a week or participate in an approved job training program. Those requirements had been waived because of high unemployment during the recession.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports that recipients are kicked off of SNAPbenefits after three noncompliant months. Notices were sent out in mid-October to 18,333 people that their November benefits were being taken away.