food stamps http://kbia.org en UPDATE: Mo. Legislature addresses unique food stamp ban for drug felons http://kbia.org/post/update-mo-legislature-addresses-unique-food-stamp-ban-drug-felons <div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE (Associated Press):</span></strong></p><p>On May 15, the Missouri Legislature passed a bill that could potentially allow people convicted of drug felonies to qualify for food&nbsp;stamps under a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:09:06 +0000 Associated Press & Ryan Levi & Mary Kate Metivier 52894 at http://kbia.org UPDATE: Mo. Legislature addresses unique food stamp ban for drug felons Talking Politics: End of Spring Legislative Session http://kbia.org/post/talking-politics-end-spring-legislative-session <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">Missouri lawmakers are scrambling this week to finalize and pass legislation before the end of the legislative session on Friday, May 16. </span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:02:29 +0000 Kate Grumke 52895 at http://kbia.org Talking Politics: End of Spring Legislative Session Mo. Senate endorses food stamp, car sales bills http://kbia.org/post/mo-senate-endorses-food-stamp-car-sales-bills <p>The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to give food stamp users an incentive to buy healthy foods at farmers markets.</p><p>Under the bill advanced Tuesday, the state would create a test program for participating markets where food stamp users could be reimbursed up to $10 per week for buying meat, fruit and vegetables.</p><p>The provision was attached to a broader bill that would give a state and local sales tax exemption for goods purchased at farmers markets.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:28:56 +0000 Associated Press 50246 at http://kbia.org Mo. Senate endorses food stamp, car sales bills Advocates say Missouri sets food stamp barriers http://kbia.org/post/advocates-say-missouri-sets-food-stamp-barriers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates for the poor say&nbsp;Missouri&nbsp;is making it harder for the state's neediest residents to receive food stamps.</span></p><p>Officials with the&nbsp;Missouri&nbsp;Association for Social Welfare tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Missouri&nbsp;is the only state where fewer people have received food stamps through the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance in recent years amid the recession and a subsequent slow recovery.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:44:01 +0000 Associated Press 50157 at http://kbia.org Advocates say Missouri sets food stamp barriers New bill to encourage food stamps users to eat healthier http://kbia.org/post/new-bill-encourage-food-stamps-users-eat-healthier <p>An apple a day keeps the doctor away — at least that's what the backers of a Missouri bill to reimburse healthy food purchases are hoping.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:40:27 +0000 Associated Press 48661 at http://kbia.org New bill to encourage food stamps users to eat healthier More than 1 in 7 Americans receive food stamp benefits http://kbia.org/post/more-1-7-americans-receive-food-stamp-benefits <p>Fifteen percent of Americans received federal food stamp benefits in the 2013 fiscal year, according to a <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/annual.htm">U.S. Department of Agriculture report</a> released in early January.</p><p>In the Harvest Public Media network, that includes about 936,000 people in Missouri; 420,000 in Iowa; 2 million in Illinois; 179,000 in Nebraska, 507,000 in Colorado, 316,000 in Kansas; and 926,000 in Indiana.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 47070 at http://kbia.org More than 1 in 7 Americans receive food stamp benefits Rural areas worry about food stamp cuts http://kbia.org/post/rural-areas-worry-about-food-stamp-cuts <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/farmers-limbo-again-farm-bill-expires">next farm bill is all but certain</a> to contain cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:11:31 +0000 Peter Gray 44641 at http://kbia.org Rural areas worry about food stamp cuts Mo. food stamp rolls drop with less in-person help http://kbia.org/post/mo-food-stamp-rolls-drop-less-person-help <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The number of people on food stamps declined after&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;ended most face-to-face contact between social services caseworkers and people seeking public assistance.</p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:56:17 +0000 Associated Press 44611 at http://kbia.org Mo. food stamp rolls drop with less in-person help Proposed cut in food stamps will allow for public input http://kbia.org/post/proposed-cut-food-stamps-will-allow-public-input <p>An official with the Missouri Department of Social Services briefed a House Interim Committee <span data-term="goog_2081739766" tabindex="0">Monday</span>&nbsp;on Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed rule change&nbsp;to cut able-bodied adults without children from the food stamp program if they don’t have a job.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:30:12 +0000 Marshall Griffin 42498 at http://kbia.org Proposed cut in food stamps will allow for public input Hunger is on the rise in Missouri even as Congress cuts assistance programs http://kbia.org/post/hunger-rise-missouri-even-congress-cuts-assistance-programs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri already has one of the highest rates of </span><a href="http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">food insecurity in the country</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and one of the lowest rates of assistance available to families, according to Sandy </span>Rikoon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, director of the </span><a href="http://foodsecurity.missouri.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Upcoming cuts in to benefits could have an unusually harmful effect on Missouri residents living below the poverty line.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:50:47 +0000 Kate Grumke 41965 at http://kbia.org Hunger is on the rise in Missouri even as Congress cuts assistance programs Mo. households to face drop in SNAP benefits http://kbia.org/post/mo-households-face-drop-snap-benefits <p>The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP and formerly known as food stamps, will have its benefits reduced for every household across the nation for the first time in the program&rsquo;s history Nov. 1.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:47:57 +0000 George Varney 41902 at http://kbia.org Mo. households to face drop in SNAP benefits With waiver expired, some Kansans will have to work for food stamps http://kbia.org/post/waiver-expired-some-kansans-will-have-work-food-stamps <p></p><p></p><p> This week, Kansas let a 2009 government waiver expire that provided food stamps for the unemployed. Now, able-bodied Kansans between 18 and 49 who do not have dependents, have to work or be in a job training program to have access to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.</p><p>Kansas currently has about 318,000 food stamp recipients. Advocates for low-income people say this change will create a dangerous hole in an already thin safety net.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler 41851 at http://kbia.org With waiver expired, some Kansans will have to work for food stamps Missouri seeks to tighten food stamp eligibility http://kbia.org/post/missouri-seeks-tighten-food-stamp-eligibility <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;is considering tightening food-stamp eligibility for thousands of adults.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:12:39 +0000 Person: Associated Press 41828 at http://kbia.org Missouri seeks to tighten food stamp eligibility House passes farm-only farm bill http://kbia.org/post/house-passes-farm-only-farm-bill <p>The U.S. House passed its version of farm bill legislation Thursday. The revamped bill strips out funding for food aid and deals only with farm policy, exposing a hefty rift in decades-old alliances between urban and rural legislators and between food aid and farm policy interests.</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:13:45 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 36937 at http://kbia.org House passes farm-only farm bill Food stamps, Farm Bill and women in ag http://kbia.org/post/food-stamps-farm-bill-and-women-ag <p></p><p>On this week's Business Beat: 47 million Americans are enrolled in the SNAP program, or food stamps, including nearly 16 percent of Missourians. &nbsp;SNAP is the biggest spending item in the farm bill. And the program has a big bulls eye on it as Congress debates new legislation. As Grant Gerlock reports for Harvest Public Media, the economic considerations go beyond who receives SNAP benefits to how and where the money is spent.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:06:12 +0000 Kristofor Husted 34976 at http://kbia.org Food stamps, Farm Bill and women in ag At the farmers market, with food stamps http://kbia.org/post/farmers-market-food-stamps <p></p><p>April Segura is a regular at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, Neb. On a warm, May afternoon, the single, stay-at-home mother of three greeted friends and acquaintances while strolling past tables of lettuce and herbs. She hoped to find more asparagus for sale.</p><p>“I love asparagus season and it’s probably about to be over,” said Segura, holding two grocery bags with one arm and her one-year-old son, Jeriel, with the other.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:29:01 +0000 Grant Gerlock 34940 at http://kbia.org At the farmers market, with food stamps Food stamps dividing support for farm bill http://kbia.org/post/food-stamps-dividing-support-farm-bill <p>With Congress going back into session, <u><a href="http://www.farmbillnow.com/">farm groups are demanding action on a new farm bill</a></u>. The current law expires at the end of September. But an issue that goes beyond the farm is edging in on the debate. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:01:29 +0000 Grant Gerlock 20997 at http://kbia.org Food stamps dividing support for farm bill