GULFPORT, MS - 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 also started in hopes of keeping their benefits, while at the same time enjoying having a job to do.
"Really, it's more of a job opportunity to help you get out into the job world, and being up here helps you out a lot," said volunteer Sharon House.
"As tough as it may be, if I've got to do it, I can't let anything stop me or get in my way. I have goals, I have dreams, it's life," said Percy.
Those with questions pertaining to this new policy are asked to contact their local Department of Human Services office.