On January 1, 2016, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) cut eligibility for the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) for able-bodied adults without dependents, and who failed to meet SNAP work requirements. An estimated 25,000 SNAP beneficiaries between ages 18 and 49 are affected by the change. About 500,000 state residents receive SNAP benefits.
SNAP work requirement rules established in 1996 limit benefits to three months in a three-year period for able-bodied adults with no dependents. Benefits can continue if the individual is working at least 20 hours per week, searching for a job . . .