How Chicagoans May Lose SNAP Benefits Under Proposed Rule

food pantry
In this Sept. 22, 2016 photo, volunteers help distribute fresh produce at Oak Forest Health Center in Oak Forest. Tae-Gyun Kim / Associated Press
food pantry
In this Sept. 22, 2016 photo, volunteers help distribute fresh produce at Oak Forest Health Center in Oak Forest. Tae-Gyun Kim / Associated Press

How Chicagoans May Lose SNAP Benefits Under Proposed Rule

The federal government requires able-bodied adults without children to work in order to receive food stamps. In Illinois, most people on food stamps receive an exemption from this rule.

But the Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would make exemptions harder to get. If approved, how will this negatively impact Chicago residents who rely on SNAP benefits?

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz of the Chicago Tribune joins the Morning Shift to explain the change. Aimee Ramirez, manager of government relations at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, also joins the conversation.

GUESTS: Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, business reporter at the Chicago Tribune

Aimee Ramirez, manager of government relations, Greater Chicago Food Depository

LEARN MORE:In Illinois, 77% of able-bodied, childless food stamp recipients at risk as feds push to enforce work requirements (Chicago Tribune 3/13/19)