More than 10,000 Western Massachusetts residents are poised to lose benefits that help them buy groceries.

The Berkshire Eagle  reports that's according to Christina Maxwell, who is director of programs at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. A new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements for recipients is due to take effect in April, and Maxwell said areas like Western Massachusetts, where employment relies heavily on seasonal farming and tourism industries, will be hit hard.

The SNAP reductions likely to go into effect this spring are aimed at reducing the amount of benefits issued to "Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents" or "ABAWD."




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