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Alabama just replaced work requirements on food stamps, and here's what happened

Food stamp participation plummeted in Alabama after work requirements were reinstated in 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Alabama is reporting something remarkable as a result of replacing work requirements on food stamps — a massive reduction in food stamp participation. The decrease was reported in statistics from the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

According to Alabama Media Group, 13 counties in Alabama replaced work requirements for food stamp participation and saw an astounding 85 percent drop in people using the program.

The work requirements were waived during the economic downturn of 2011-2013 under high unemployment numbers. The requirements were reinstated for 54 counties in 2016, and the 13 remaining counties in 2017.

Statewide, the Alabama Human Resources Dept. reported that the number of able-bodied adults without dependents participating in the food stamp program fell by 40 percent from 13,663 to 8,125, in the first four months of 2017. In the 13 counties where work requirements resumed, adults between the ages 18-50 without dependents receiving food stamps dropped from 5,538 to an amazing 831, a decrease of 85 percent in just four months.

"Based on the trend," said Alabama DHR spokesperson John Hardy, "the number of recipients for SNAP benefits is expected to continue to decline statewide and in the formerly 13 exempted counties."

President Donald Trump's proposed budget includes $2 trillion of cuts to social programs like food stamps, causing some like New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio to claim that children would die if it were to be implemented.

One of the largest food stamp scams was discovered in Jefferson County in Alabama in 2015, when law enforcement officials arrested 17 persons for bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the program. Officials believed they were wiring some of the money to Yemen.

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