Waiver Change Could Cut Food Stamps For 58,000

Jay Nixon addresses the crowd at a 2012 event. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Jay Nixon | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Many healthy Missourians are watching what will happen with Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal to eliminate a food stamp waiver.

There are currently 58,000 healthy, unemployed Missourians between the ages of 18 and 50 who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Since 2009, Missouri has qualified for a waiver that allows those adults to receive the SNAP assistance, which is federally funded but administered by the state.

Missouri is considering letting the waiver waiver expire, which would make Missouri the first state led by a Democratic governor to do so.

The program was originally intended to be temporary in places where unemployment was higher than 10 percent.

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