But that hasnt stopped some states from refusing federal food-stamp support in an effort to coax recipients back to work. Some 14.7 percent of American households nationally were either unable to get access to quality food or went hungry at some point in the last three years, according to a new Agriculture department report out Wednesday. And that rate varied dramatically by state. Mississippians topped the list, with 20.9 percent having experienced so-called food insecurity from 2010 to 2012. Arkansas followed with a 19.7 percent rate, while the rate was 18.4 percent in Texas. North Dakotans suffered least from food insecurity, with the rate there at 8.7 percent. Virginians followed with just 9.2 percent suffering from food insecurity. And New Hampshire was next with a 9.9 percent rate. The national rate has held relatively steady since 2008, leading advocates to argue the food-stamp programofficially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAPmust be maintained and critics to argue that removing it would push unemployed Americans back to work. SNAP is not the reason that jobless individuals are not working, says Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities think tank. Its the labor market. Under federal law, able-bodied adults without dependents can receive a maximum of three months worth of food stamps in a three-year period, unless they work 20 hours a week or participate in a work-training program. But a federal waiver has allowed those individuals in most states to continue to receive benefits. Kansas announced Wednesday that it will become the latest state to decline renewing that exception when it expires at the end of the month.
‘Food insecurity’ may be high, but states are still saying no to federal food-stamp support
A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Columnists’ Opinions Scarce food contributing to global unrest: Column Bill Horan 6:06 a.m. EDT September 7, 2013 Lawmakers should look at non-military ways of easing tension in turbulent countries. Corn in the Philippines. Syria’s unrest has many sources and one of them is food. UN estimates nearly 900 million people worldwide are food insecure. Food security is one of the keys to success. SHARE 26 CONNECT 2 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE It all started with a food cart. Members of Congress will want to bear in mind this important detail as they weigh President Obama’s request to approve a U.S. military strike against Syria. Most of their concerns will be more immediate, of course. They’ll examine the evidence purporting to show that the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar Al-Assad used chemical weapons.
Kansas Changes Food Stamp Requirements To Mandate Work
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