More than 1K RI residents might lose food benefits

Food Assistance (MGN)

More than 1,000 people might lose their food assistance benefits due to falling unemployment rates, according to the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.

The Providence Journal reported that federal rules limit able-bodied adults without dependents to three months of food assistance in a three-year period.

An estimated 1,242 people will be expected and all of Rhode Island’s communities fell under the exemption for several years according to the DHS. On Sept. 1., 12 communities will be exempt.

DHS spokeswoman Alisha Pina said unemployment in the aforementioned communities fell below 6 percent between February 2015 and January 2017. The department will reach out to the people impacted to give them advance notice, Pina said.

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