Currently, residents of North Carolina can receive food stamp credits if they qualify as needy. However, that will soon change when the state government reinstates the suspended Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. That Act basically said that people can receive nutrition assistance as long as they are in the process of trying to find a job. It was suspended in 2008 after the decline of the economy.
1. Find a job within 3 months, Or:
2. Volunteer somewhere in their community, Or:
3. Enter a program that will train them for a new occupation
If at least one of those three points is not met within three months, the person will become ineligible for nutrition assistance for three years. Additionally, the fine print of the Act means that even people who are trying to find a job, or have found a job but are working under 20 hours a week can still have their food stamps suspended. There is some good news though. People who have their SNAP benefits taken from them can regain them if they are able to prove that they can meet the work requirements for 30 days. Of the new (old) program North Carolina deputy secretary of Health and Human Services simply said, “If jobs are available, we want to encourage work.”