NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Individuals at risk of losing their food stamps on Jan. 1 filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday seeking to halt the termination of federal food benefits for up to 62,500 Louisiana residents. The suit argues that the state food stamp office has implemented new work requirements in an illegal and unconstitutional way.
The federal lawsuit was filed Friday in New Orleans by advocacy groups on behalf of seven food stamp recipients who are threatened with losing the aid. They are seeking to stop the new requirements and are asking to get the case certified as a class-action lawsuit. This suit calls on Governor-Elect Jon Bel Edwards to reverse Gov. Bobby Jindal's food stamp policy as soon as the new governor takes office on Jan. 11.
In the fall, Jindal refused to apply for a waiver of the work requirements under the federal food stamp program. Benefit advocates say Louisiana qualifies for the waiver due to its high unemployment rates.
As a result, up to 62,500 Louisiana residents are at risk of losing their food benefits. Advocates say Louisiana could also lose up to $140 million a year in federal food aid.