The results of the Foundation grant to Legal Services, Alabama was that a successful suit was filed against the Alabama Department of Human Resources for implementing a law which limited the ability of “able-bodied” adults to receive food stamps thereby removing thousands of people from the food stamps roll. The suit also challenged the Department’s failure to give notice of the termination of food stamp benefits. Shammyane Nettles v. Alabama Department of Human Resources
The suit resulted in the reinstatement of benefits and systematic changes that would foreclose the problem from happening again in the future.
Michael Forton, Director of Advocacy: “Receiving support from the Barbara McDowell Foundation helped us to provide assistance to many people beyond just our individual clients.”