Calaveras County Supervisors have voted 4-1 in favor of authorizing the county to apply for a waiver from the state to allow able-bodied adults without dependents to apply for extended food stamp benefits.
Supervisor Tom Tryon says the waiver is made available to residents in counties where there are more people looking for jobs than there are positions available.
“Without the waiver you can only be on food stamps for 3 months. With the waiver you´re allowed to be constantly on food stamps if the waiver is renewed.”
Tryon was the lone holdout on the board opposed to extending the food stamp benefits. He says he´s opposed to the extension, in spite of the disproportionate amount of people seeking jobs verses work available.
Approximately 60 families receive food stamps in Calaveras County.