More will have to work to keep food stamps

Ever since Georgia implemented work requirements for certain food stamp recipients in three Atlanta area counties, the number of those people receiving the government benefit has dropped significantly.

Now Georgia plans to extend the work mandate from three counties to 24 across the state.

The work mandate affects able-bodied adults without children. Since the new rule started in Cobb, Gwinnett and Hall in January, the number of these people receiving food stamps has dropped by 60 percent.

The announced expansion has re-ignited a flame-throwing debate. Advocates see the mandate as pushing people, particularly lazy ones, into the work world. But opponents say it robs an essential safety net from people who can’t find a job.

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