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Gov. Bobby Jindal's food stamp policy called 'starvation plan'
by Richard A. Webster
November 10, 2015
Dozens of people gathered outside the New Orleans food stamp office Tuesday (Nov. 10) to protest Gov. Bobby Jindal's
refusal to waive a federal requirement that people work to receive nutrition assistance. They call it Jindal's "starvation plan."
The group, led by Stand with Dignity, filed an administrative complaint demanding that the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services immediately reverse its decision, which the protestors said could cut off benefits for as many as 62,000 people. They also announced that 20 of their members will fast for 15 days in solidarity with families going hungry across the state.
Don Everard, director of Hope House, said that despite reports of an improving economy, he daily meets people who struggle to find a job that pays them a living wage. He mentioned a woman who works at a department store for $9 an hour but can't get scheduled for more than 15 hours a week. Under the changes to the state program, she wouldn't be eligible for food stamps. "It's insane," he said.