The Food Bank of Alaska is calling a bill about to be debated in Congress unfair to people who are struggling in our state.
The bill would make changes to the SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps. With few exceptions, the proposal would require able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 59 to get a job or face losing their benefits.
Cara Durr with the Food Bank said food is a basic human right that shouldn't be denied to someone because they aren't working. She said they are particularly concerned about a provision in the bill that would require people in the program to get a job within 30 days or lose their SNAP benefits for a year.