KUNM

Will Work For Food?: SNAP And Work Requirements

Sep 16, 2014

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 9/18 8a: New Mexico is in what has been termed a "double-dip recession."  We are at or near the top of lists of states where food insecurity impacts the greatest percentage of residents, and our job growth is among the worst in the U.S.

More than 400,000 New Mexicans receive food assistance and Governor Susana Martinez's administration is proposing to restore work requirements for childless adults and to require job searches or community service to be performed by low-income parents and other caregivers of children age 6 and older in order to receive food stamps.  Will the requirements assist people in becoming self-sufficient or simply knock poor people out of SNAP?  

Guests:

1) Sovereign Hager, NM Center on Law and Poverty

2) Ed Bolen, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Wash. D. C.

We'll discuss the issue and we look forward to hearing from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

View a detailed PDF document from the New Mexico Human Services Department proposing changes to the SNAP program.