States May Soon Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients

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Source: AP

The Trump administration may soon allow states to drug test food stamp recipients, according to a report in the Associated Press.

An anonymous source told the AP, the drug testing would be “narrowly targeted” towards “able bodied” recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), who have no dependents and are applying for some specialized jobs, which equates to approximately 5 percent of those receiving SNAP benefits.

Federal law currently prohibits states from placing their own conditions on people receiving food stamps, however the drug testing proposal would signal the Trump administration’s push to allow each state to have more flexibility in how federal programs geared towards the poor are implemented.

The USDA recently pitched plans to provide SNAP recipients with a “Harvest Box” – containing a package of pre-assembled pantry shelf staples, but no fresh fruits, vegetables, or dairy.

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