The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Welfare Sanctions

Receiving Cash Assistance has certain requirements and not meeting those requirements (such as failing to complete the required number of employment/training hours each week without "good cause") can result in sanctions. Sanctions usually mean a decrease in the amount of cash assistance that a family receives. Welfare sanctions have been shown to decrease food security and increase hospitalizations of young children ("Welfare Reform and the Health of Young Children"). Additionally, C-SNAP research has found that welfare sanctions negatively affect the health and well-being of young children ("The Impact of Welfare Sanctions on the Health of Infants and Toddlers").

He was asking the case worker for something to eat.  I don’t have child care, so I have to take him to my appointments.  If he was in day care I wouldn’t have to have lugged him early in the morning to an appointment to the welfare office to try to get food stamps and medical coverage.  I can’t help it if my baby’s hungry.  I was thinking ‘I’m not going to lie to you miss, he’s hungry.'


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