Thousands dropped from food stamps

Georgians use this EBT card to access food stamp benefits. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

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Georgians use this EBT card to access food stamp benefits. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Hundreds of thousands of people have been dropped from food stamps nationally, including several thousand in metro Atlanta, due to a new rule that they must get a job.

For now, the rule applies to able-bodied, childless adults in Cobb, Gwinnett and Hall counties, but state officials are in discussions to expand it to more counties. Some say the rule has been effective in cracking down on people who should not be receiving the public assistance. Others worry that these people may be falling on hard times.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up to several of them. Read the full story at http://www.myajc.com/news/news/work-requirements-thin-food-stamp-ranks/nrZSP/. The AJC also exposes the state's weak record on helping these people get into a job.