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Changes to WI FoodShare program begin Tuesday in some areas

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MADISON (WKOW) -- About 2,000 Racine County residents in the state's FoodShare program will soon have to work or enroll in a worker-training program to continue receiving food stamps.

The new law takes effect statewide on January 1 but it's being rolled it out in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties Tuesday to help work out any kinks.

There's a federal requirement that healthy adults with no dependents do some kind of work for 20 hours per week to continue receiving food stamps. Wisconsin used to have a waiver exempting it from the requirement but the state eliminated it in 2013. Reports say the change was part of Governor. Scott Walker's 2013-15 budget.

People in that category account for about 2,000 of the 17,000 Racine County residents in the FoodShare program.

 


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