Some Iowans are about to lose food stamp benefits because a federal waiver tied to the recession will soon expire.
Iowa’s unemployment rate has improved, so starting October 1st, the state will again require able-bodied adults without kids to hold down jobs to qualify for food stamps. Wendy Rickman, the administrator of the program for the Iowa Department of Human Services, says the waiver was a good thing while so many Iowans were jobless.
The government is waiving the work requirement for more than six-thousand Iowans right now and Rickman says she’s concerned some who still can’t find work will continue to need food assistance.
The U-S House last week passed a bill eliminating the work requirement waivers in the future, regardless of the nation’s unemployment rate.