Trump administration is tightening up the requirements needed to qualify for food stamps.
Now hundreds of people in our viewing area are expected to feel the pressure.
News 18's micah upshaw tells us how this affects lives beyond food security.
Micah: the trump administration has introduced a rule that restricts states from waiving a food stamp requirement.
This waiver is something indiana supplemental nutrition assistance program recipients benefit from.
Katy: we've been operating under a waiver that allowed able-bodied adults without children to still get snap benefits.
Micah: the new rule now makes it a requirement for able- body adults without children to work at least 20-hours a week.
States have been able to waive that rule depending on the state's unemployment rate.
Now the federal government will have the final say.
Food finders ceo katy bunder says many will suffer.
Katy: it's just going to make for a lot of red tape and it will slow down a lot of people getting snap benefits.
Micah: when government changes are made to food stamp requirements, bunder says the pantry is often the first to see its effect.
Katy: they are putting the burden right smack on the food bank because where do people go when they can't go to the grocery store and use their snap benefits?
They go to the local food pantries.
Micah: but it doesn't stop at food pantries, when people are food insecure it can affect other aspects of life as well.
Joe: whatever limited resources they have, they're going to be using to eat, they're not going to be using to go out and look for work, to spend on transportation, to spend on rent so it really an impact like this trickles down.
Micah: able-bodied adults are are among the poorest of all snap recipients.
This change is expected to affect nearly 700-thousand people nationwide.
In tippecanoe county, micah upshaw news 18.
The new rule is set to take effect on april first.
This new requirement is to encourage snap recipient adults to return to work.