Carlucci holds emergency fund drive as president tightens food stamp rules


NANUET – As the US Department of Agriculture announced it will tighten the work requirements for able-bodied adults, ages 18 to 49 who have no dependents and work 20 hours a week in order to secure SNAP benefits, State Senator David Carlucci (D, Nanuet) held an emergency food drive on Sunday.

Carlucci said the change will cut some 700,000 people from the program, saving the government about $5.5 billion over five years.

But, the state lawmaker called the move “unimaginable and cruel” to cut people from the program just so the government can save money. “I am very concerned that there will be an influx of people unable to get food stamps that will be turning to food pantries to get their meals,” he said.

Because of that concern, he teamed up with People for People to start collecting food items for people they anticipate will be cut from the SNAP program when the new rule kicks in on April 1, 2020.