Sunday, September 26, 2021

Play

New Yorkers voice concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional and state voting districts; and providers ask the Supreme Court to act on Texas' new abortion law.

Play

The January 6th committee subpoenas former Trump officials; a Senate showdown looms over the debt ceiling; the CDC okays COVID boosters for seniors; and advocates testify about scams targeting the elderly.

Play

A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

SNAP Recipients Urge Compassion In Farm Bill

Play

Friday, May 4, 2018   

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Congress considers a farm bill that imposes stricter requirements on people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, those who say they are simply trying to get back on their feet claim the changes will make things worse for families experiencing hunger.

According to data from the Missouri Budget Project, one in eight Missourians benefit from SNAP – formerly Food Stamps – which is authorized through the farm bill.

Jefferson City resident Amy Rogers says SNAP helped her get back on her feet after a series of unfortunate events resulting in her losing her job and ability to support her family. She says even with degrees in computer information systems and a foreign language, it takes time to find work.

"With no work, I have to do SNAP, and without SNAP, I have no food,” says Rogers. “The legislators there in Washington, they need to take a really hard look at just exactly who is on SNAP, case by case basis."

Those in support of stricter work requirements claim it targets people who make a life out of living on public assistance. Others say that view is shortsighted considering people such as Rogers and the nearly 500,000 Missourians living in hunger.

The issue of public assistance has long been controversial and partisan in Washington.

Jeanette Mott Oxford is the executive director of Empower Missouri, which advocates for the well-being of all Missourians. She says data shows the people who are on SNAP are either low-income or simply unable to secure basic needs such as food and shelter. In addition to the working poor, Oxford says that many SNAP recipients face other challenges.

"Most people on SNAP are either senior citizens who have had a long, decades-long history of working or people with disabilities who may may work to the best of their abilities but perhaps cannot work full-time because of the mental or physical health challenges that they have," says Oxford.

Under the House Agriculture Committee's Farm Bill proposal, adults age 18 through 59 who are not disabled or raising a child younger than 6 would be required to prove they have worked at least 20 hours per week. If they fail to meet the new requirements, they would face a "sanction" resulting in the loss of their SNAP assistance for a full 12 months.

Oxford says the changes would cost the state millions more money to implement while putting families at risk of losing access to nutritional food.


get more stories like this via email

The climate resilience package includes $1.5 billion for measures to better defend the state against wildfires. (Peter Buschmann/U.S. Forest Service)

Environment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Climate activists are praising Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing a $15 billion climate action package Thursday, but argued he …


Social Issues

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Some New Yorkers are voicing concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional, State Senate and …

Social Issues

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan advocates for children and families are praising many of the investments in the 2022 state budget passed this week…


According to the World Health Organization, about one in six people age 60 years and older experienced some form of abuse in community settings during the past year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- There is strong public support in Iowa to enact a state law that criminalizes elder abuse, a topic also being discussed by law …

Environment

SALT LAKE CITY -- A researcher at the University of Utah said plans for generating renewable energy should include a power source right under our feet…

Roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants reside in the United States. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

CHICAGO -- Advocates for immigrants and refugees in Illinois traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to push for a pathway to citizenship for up to …

Environment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas produces more rice than any other state, and a new grant will help farmers explore ways to transition the industry to …

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers in charge of redistricting have approved a preliminary draft of new legislative boundaries, but voters' …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021