WASHINGTON — Ten states will test new ways to get food stamp recipients back to work, using Agriculture Department grants aimed at helping some of the 46 million Americans who receive benefits move off the rolls.
The grants come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year — twice its cost in 2008. Some in the GOP have proposed stricter work requirements as a way to do that. The winning ideas ranged from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.
In Georgia, where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is announcing the assistance Friday, participants would use an online tool developed by the state to create individualized work plans.