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Politics
7:28 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. Senate endorses food stamp, car sales bills

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to give food stamp users an incentive to buy healthy foods at farmers markets.

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.

The provision was attached to a broader bill that would give a state and local sales tax exemption for goods purchased at farmers markets.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Advocates say Missouri sets food stamp barriers

Credit USDA

Advocates for the poor say Missouri is making it harder for the state's neediest residents to receive food stamps.

Officials with the Missouri Association for Social Welfare tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Missouri 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.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

New bill to encourage food stamps users to eat healthier

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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.

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Agriculture
6:30 am
Fri January 24, 2014

More than 1 in 7 Americans receive food stamp benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program remains the most controversial issue for negotiators working on a new farm bill.
Credit USDA

Fifteen percent of Americans received federal food stamp benefits in the 2013 fiscal year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released in early January.

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.

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Agriculture
3:11 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Rural areas worry about food stamp cuts

The town of Sandoval, Ill., was born along U.S. Route 51, which runs north-south from Kentucky to the state of Wisconsin. Once a booming corridor, this area in southern Illinois now sees extreme poverty.
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The next farm bill is all but certain to contain cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps.

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Politics
7:56 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Mo. food stamp rolls drop with less in-person help

A sign for food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
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The number of people on food stamps declined after Missouri ended most face-to-face contact between social services caseworkers and people seeking public assistance.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Proposed cut in food stamps will allow for public input

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps
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An official with the Missouri Department of Social Services briefed a House Interim Committee Monday on Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed rule change to cut able-bodied adults without children from the food stamp program if they don’t have a job.  

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Intersection
12:50 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Hunger is on the rise in Missouri even as Congress cuts assistance programs

SNAP is a program that provides financial assistance to low-income people for purchasing food
Credit USDA

Missouri already has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country, and one of the lowest rates of assistance available to families, according to Sandy Rikoon, director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security. Upcoming cuts in to benefits could have an unusually harmful effect on Missouri residents living below the poverty line.

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Mo. households to face drop in SNAP benefits

A sign for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits
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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’s history Nov. 1.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

With waiver expired, some Kansans will have to work for food stamps

Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, commonly known as food stamps, is a hot-button issue in Washington.
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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.

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.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:12 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Missouri seeks to tighten food stamp eligibility

A sign declares that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits are accepted at this store.
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Missouri is considering tightening food-stamp eligibility for thousands of adults.

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Politics
7:13 am
Fri July 12, 2013

House passes farm-only farm bill

Many farmers are resigned to being unable to depend on rock-solid federal farm policy.
Credit Frank Morris / Harvest Public Media

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.

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Business Beat
10:06 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Food stamps, Farm Bill and women in ag

April Segura, of Lincoln, Neb., uses her SNAP benefits to shop at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market with her sons Jalen, 5, and Jeriel, 1.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

On this week's Business Beat: 47 million Americans are enrolled in the SNAP program, or food stamps, including nearly 16 percent of Missourians.  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.

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Agriculture
4:29 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

At the farmers market, with food stamps

April Segura, of Lincoln, Neb., uses her SNAP benefits to shop at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market with her sons Jalen, 5, and Jeriel, 1.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

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.

“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.

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Agriculture
6:01 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Food stamps dividing support for farm bill

Margo Rush goes to FoodNet in the basement of the Lakeview Methodist Church in Lincoln, Neb., to make her budget and SNAP benefits last through the month.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

With Congress going back into session, farm groups are demanding action on a new farm bill. The current law expires at the end of September. But an issue that goes beyond the farm is edging in on the debate.

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