S.C. Pilot Program Will Require Food Stamp Recipients to Get Job Training

Two agencies will partner to target almost 100,000 food stamp recipients with no dependents, in hopes of providing jobs that can lift recipients out of poverty.
by | April 26, 2012 AT 5:00 PM

Food stamps are often a support for helping those in poverty, but experts say they are not feasible as a long-term solution. Under a new program being tested out in twelve counties in South Carolina, people who are receiving food stamps and are eligible to work must now undergo job training to recieve benefits, reports The State. The state Department of Employment and Workforce and the Department of Social Services are partnering on the program to target 18- to 49-year-olds with no dependents; almost 100,000 recipients currently fall into that category. The training will address resume writing, interview preparation, and include referrals for job openings, counseling and follow-ups by state workers. The pilot, which will run for one year, is already underway in some counties and is slated to begin the remaining ones on April 30.