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Food stamp cuts coming for adults in Malheur County

Greg Ivers, above, of the Department of Human Services traveled from Salem in early March to give a presentation on upcoming changes to SNAP eligibility in Malheur County. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – Starting April 1 guidelines for adults without disabilities or dependents who are receiving public benefits in Malheur County will tighten. 

Under the new guidelines imposed by the federal government, adults ages 18-49 without children and who do not qualify for an exemption will only be allowed to receive food assistance for three months over a period of three years.

They can retain benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, if they participate in volunteer activities or work at least 80 hours a month.  

The new guidelines will affect an estimated 1,037 adults in Malheur County. 

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