- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Tens of thousands of Alabama residents may have been cut off from food stamps as new work requirements went into effect this month.

Barry Spears of the Alabama Department of Human Resources tells Al.com (https://bit.ly/1RVrbH0 ) that his department, starting in December, sent out 32,672 notices to Alabama residents who were facing losing benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

The change comes after a requirement went back into effect in some states in January. Under the requirement, able-bodied adults without children must be working or be in a training program in order to continue collecting food stamps for more than three months in a three-year period.

Spears says officials won’t know the number of people who are no longer getting food stamps until next month.

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