Naples, FL — A new report released today by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) shows the transformative impact work requirements are having on able-bodied, childless adults on food stamps in Florida.
Since Florida began requiring able-bodied, childless adults to work, train, or volunteer at least part-time in order to receive food stamps in 2016, nearly 94 percent of able-bodied, childless adults have left the program. Individuals leaving food stamps have found work in 1,104 different industries, in nearly every sector of Florida’s economy.
According to the research, 70 percent of those who initially found work in the fast food industry or at a temp agency left those industries within one year. In fact, many able-bodied adults transitioned from low-wage sectors to high-wage sectors within one year of leaving food stamps.
“The experience in Florida is proof that the best path to a better job is a first job and that work is the key to reducing dependency,” said Nic Horton, FGA’s research director and co-author of the report. “Work requirements have transformed Florida’s food stamp program and the lives of thousands of able-bodied Floridians who have moved off welfare. State leaders in Florida should be commended for their commitment to work requirements and other reforms that move people off the sidelines and back into the workforce.”
The full study can be read here.
The Foundation for Government Accountability is a non–profit, multi–state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and work reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.