FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed a rule that could change the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
The proposed rule could cut the number of areas that waive work requirements.
After hurting her back on the job, Koko Piper is unable to work and hasn’t received a paycheck in a month. That’s why she came to Lifesource International, a Fayetteville non-profit, for Christmas gifts for her child this year.
“No matter how well off you are, it’s never bad to say you need help,” Piper said. “I’m currently trying to get food stamps and I’m having a crazy battle with that.”
But with proposed changes to snap, she worries if it could affect her family.
“I get that you need to be able to make sure that people aren’t abusing the policies. But for those that aren’t abusing it, for people that come in and really need this help and get somewhere with it, it’s frustrating,” Piper said.
Most people who receive assistance from Lifesource are on food stamps, joining over 400,000 Arkansans a month using the program.
Executive Director Jimmie Conduff says the non-profit is showing no signs of slowing down.
“In the holiday season, we’re going to see 1,400 families monthly in our food pantry,” Conduff said. “Arkansas has grown in food insecurity greatly, especially in Northwest Arkansas.”
Piper adding she hopes others can understand the difference food stamps can make for a family.
“When it comes to now having the food stamps, we were immediately trying to budget — well we need diapers, but do we need diapers or do we need food more? It’s a battle of which is more important on that day.”