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Starting this summer, North Carolina food stamp recipients will be required to prove that they are either volunteering, working or taking classes for 20 hours a week in order to receive benefits.

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It’s actually a federal requirement for people under age 50 without children, but it was suspended in 2008 as the recession hit and unemployment rates rose. The exemption ended Jan. 1 for 23 mostly urban counties across the state, including Mecklenburg, according to the Raleigh News and Observer.

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While the 77 other counties are seeing a slower economic recovery and could continue the federal exemption, the state legislature acted last year to restore the work and education requirement statewide starting July 1.

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