Georgia has reportedly been cutting thousands of people out of the US food program in recent months for failing to meet its work requirements because of the Trump government's allegations.
The state monthly removed nearly 8,000 people from the Federal Nutritional Supplements Program (SNAP) between April and October, compared with less than 400 per month from October 2017 to March this year, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, in the Georgia Division data of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
Georgian officials told the newspaper that they can now better understand who receives food stamps and removes ineligible recipients through a new data management system.
"This system gives us more data elements than our other entitlement systems," said Jon Anderson, head of the DFCS Family Independence Office. "We are more confident that the system can identify ABAWDs (capable adults without dependents) than we did in previous systems."
The increase in moves occurs because the Trump Administration imposed stricter labor requirements for SNAP's program.
A new provision would have forced unemployed adults without relatives to work to qualify for SNAP. The provision was not in the final version of the Farm Conference, which was recently passed by Congress, but President Trump is considering a new proposal to enforce stricter labor requirements.
According to current federal guidelines, adults between the ages of 18 and 49 without children need to work 20 hours a week to obtain food stamps. Non-disabled adults of working age without family members can receive SNAP benefits for only three months in a three-year period if they do not meet the 20-hour workweek.
In Georgia, around 71 percent of the population are people on food stamps are families with dependent children, and only eight percent are people who receive food stamps without children.