Earlier this week, a new policy in Mississippi went into effect that forces those receiving welfare benefits to actually work if they want to continue to get them, and the surprising results have the anti-accountability left in a frenzy.
While we’re often told that asking welfare recipients to put in a little effort to get their benefits is inhumane, Mississippi’s experiment in attempting to motivate those accepting government handouts has proven that the opposite is true – people don’t like being sedentary, and by actually getting off their bottoms and being productive, they’re given a sense of purpose.
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A new policy will take effect March 30th requiring SNAP recipients to work or volunteer at least 20 hours a week. With these recent changes, some of those receiving benefits are working to make sure they don’t lose them.
“I’m working here as part of the SNAP program. For doing 40 hours a month in exchange for keeping my food stamps,” said volunteer Percy Fayard.
Monday was Fayard’s first day volunteering at Feed My Sheep in Gulfport.
“I’m in a current state of job search and I’m trying to make sure that I can still at least afford to live,” he said.
Fayard said even though the work is hard, he doesn’t mind putting in long hours in order to keep his benefits.
“I’m not as much focused on consequences of a politician’s decision or a policy change,” said Fayard. “I’m more focused on my reality and my stance right now, and I’m actually just trying to get by day to day.”
Other volunteers said they started in hopes they’d be able to keep their benefits – which they will as long as they stick with the requirements – but their community service has had a much deeper impact than simply continuing to receive benefits – they enjoy actually getting out of the house and being productive.