Michigan now requiring people to work to receive food stamp benefits

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Work requirement rules took effect Monday for many on food assistance from the state of Michigan.

People from the age of 18 to 49 will be required to work, participate in job training, or perform community service to collect SNAP benefits -- formerly known as food stamps.

WJRT reports the law includes exemptions for people with disabilities, dependents or victims of domestic violence.

For people signing up for benefits for the first time the new rules will take effect immediately. Current recipients will have three months to find a job once their case is reviewed.