New restrictions go into effect for some food stamp recipients

Posted at 7:01 PM, Sep 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-07 21:09:21-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The federal government is making big cuts to food stamp programs and that impacts Utahns who are able-body and single, not including families. 

The single segment of the population will only be allowed to receive food stamps for three months unless they agree to enroll in training programs through the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

Governor Gary Herbert thinks it is reasonable but Crossroads Urban Center and other faith and community leaders take issues with these work programs.  They gathered at the Capitol on Friday saying what typically happens is the poor and unemployed wind up stocking shelves, not developing skills for full-time work. 

About 20 people signed a letter addressed to the governor asking him to create a jobs task force to take a closer look at whether DWS  programs are really putting unemployed utahns back to work.