Summit County aid workers are overwhelmed this week - trying to help some food stamp recipients.
About 7,500 able bodied adults without dependents are being required to meet a new work requirement, or lose their SNAP benefits starting in January.
"If they're working, that counts," Pat Divoky, director of the county Department of Job and Family Services tells AkronNewsNow.com, "If they're doing any sort of unpaid work, such as community volunteerism or anything like that, that would count. If they're in a training program, that would count towards the work requirement."
Divoky says the department has been busy notifying those affected.
"We actually sent everybody sort of a heads up letter that this was going to happen, back on September 20th," Divoky says. "And then on the 26th of September, we sent all 7,500 people appointment letters to come out to our Job Center to be assessed."
Those who don't respond will lose benefits by January.
Divoky says there's no room in the workforce for 7,500 new workers.
"We all know the jobs aren't out there. For 7,500 new people in Summit County, they're absolutely not out there," says Divoky. "We're doing our best to help people."
Many are being directed to the county's work experience program, SCOPE.