As states return to former limits on who is eligible for food stamps as the economy improves, a new report estimates that 1 million of the nation’s poorest residents will lose their food assistance.

Beginning this fall nearly 1 million unemployed adults with no children are set to lose the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps, beginning this fall.

Food stamp benefits for adults (ages 18 to 50) who don’t have minor children, and aren’t disabled, and unemployed are normally limited to just three months in a 36-month period, unless the recipient is working or in a training or work program for a minimum of 20 hours a week.

The report also said even SNAP recipients in states that operates few or no work or training programs and no employment programs for them, which is the case in most states, have their benefits cut off after three months even if they are diligently looking for work.

Of the one million people who stand to lose their SNAP benefits;

  • 1 in 3 are older than 40
  • 40 percent live urban areas
  • 33 percent are
  • 20 percent live in rural regions

According to the USDA those subject to the three month limit have an average monthly income of 19 percent of the poverty line, and qualify for no other support.