Food stamp change could affect at least 19,000 in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Human Services projects a new federal rule could push at least 19,000 people in the state off food stamps next year. The projection was released in response to a request from the Statesman Journal. The Journal reports the rule change will leave states with less flexibility in allowing able-bodied adults without children to receive food stamps if they are not working or in a training program at least 20 hours a week. The rule change doesn’t affect benefits for children, adults with children, adults older than 50, or people who are disabled.