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Work requirements for food assistance starts Oct. 1

Posted: 7:15 AM, Aug 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-21 13:56:07Z

The requirements for food assistance are changing in the state of Michigan.

Right now 14 Michigan counties, including Ingham, require able-bodied 18- to 49-year-olds who don't have dependents to work at least 20 hours per week in order to receive food assistance.

There are three ways people can fulfill work requirements.

It can be fulfilled by employment, job training or community service through state-approved nonprofit organizations.

State officials say they want to make sure people are getting the skills they need to be able to grow out of the system and compete in the workforce.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the remaining 69 Michigan counties, which includes Jackson, will have to follow the same requirements starting Oct. 1.

Michigan human services officials say their goal is to provide people with short-term assistance and help them achieve self-sufficiency.

If you are currently receiving food assistance from the state, your benefits will not be immediately cut in October.

Your future eligibility will be determined by your case worker during your next evaluation.