More than 17,000 food stamp recipients in eight counties throughout the state are no longer eligible to be exempt for the work requirement to receive government assistance. All able-bodied adults between the ages of 18-50 must now show proof that they work at least 20 hours a week, are enrolled in a education program, or doing certain volunteer work in order to receive food stamps. This rules only applies to the following eight counties: Bullitt, Daviess, Fayette, Hardin, Henderson, McCracken, Warren, and Jefferson counties.
The rule mandating the work requirement has been waived since 2009. The waiver expired at the beginning of the year when the federal government decided not to extend the waiver to certain people, in certain counties.