Time's up for certain able-bodied adults on food stamps

SNAP: These machines process food purchases using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program electronic cards. Post file photo

Certain able-bodied adults who don't have disabilities and don't have minor dependents can no longer continue receiving benefits through the Guam Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps – for more than three months.

The change takes effect on October 1, 2019.

Food stamp benefits can continue for adults who show proof they work at least 20 hours a week and who have minor dependents, among other exemptions.

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services announced Tuesday the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service has disapproved Guam's application to exempt adults from the three-month time limit for receiving food stamps.

Able-bodied adults under the program are described as those who are between the ages of 18 and 49, who have no dependents and don't have disabilities.

Public Health stated: Beginning October 1, 2019, in order to continue receiving benefits from the SNAP ... an (able-bodied adult) must do one of the following:

· Work at least 20 hours per week or 80 hours a month

· Participate in a work program such as the SNAP’s Guam Employment and Training Program at least 80 hours a month or other educational or training activities, or

· Work at least 20 hours per week in any combination of working and participating in a work program.

The three-month time limit does not apply to people who are:

· Under the age of 18 or 50 years old or older;

· Medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment;

· Responsible for a dependent child in their SNAP household;

· Residing in a household where a household member is under age 18;

· Pregnant; and

· Exempt from the SNAP work requirements.

For more information, call Annie VT. Gozum-Soto, Program Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Security at 735-7257 or Danilo L. Barrido, Program Coordinator IV at 735-7258.