Food stamp 'workfare' OK'd by Senate panel
Major changes in the food stamp program intended to force able-bodied recipients to work or give up stamps have the approval of the Senate Agriculture Committee.Skip to next paragraph
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The work provisions contain two key sections. One would force recipients off food stamp rolls after seven months unless they found a job. In addition, the committee agreed that ''workfare,'' a program in which able-bodied adults work out the value of their stamps in public-service jobs should be mandatory nation-wide.