GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Colorado joins 20 other states in the fight for food assistance.
Earlier this month, multiple states filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for making changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or traditionally known as food stamps.
It was reported Colorado joined the suit this week.
These proposed changes by the Trump administration take effect on April 1st.
The changes impact able-bodied adults who don’t have any children, and don’t meet work requirements.
Current rules require able bodied adults without any children to work at least 20 hours a week for more than three months over a three year period to receive SNAP.
But, states can create waivers for these standards for communities that face high unemployment.
The new rule would allow these waivers only in areas where the unemployment rate is 6% or higher.
Here in Mesa County, folks can apply for SNAP directly through the Department of Human Services.
Katie Miller is a spokesperson for the Mesa County D.H.S.
“At this time, we have not had any directives from the state come down regarding these changes to know whether it will or will not impact any of our citizens here in Mesa County.”