Missourians do not have to lose food stamp benefits

While thousands of unemployed childless adults will lose benefits due to recent policy changes i Missouri, it is not true that 58,000 participants must lose benefits.

Letter to Editor (Missouri)

Joel Ferber, Jamie Rodriguez
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 20, 2016

Tags: Public Benefits

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM)


The media should not create an expectation that there is nothing we can do as nearly 60,000 people lose their food stamps. A recent report ranked Missouri sixth for food insecurity and second only to Arkansas for hunger. Given these facts, along with the potential loss of substantial federal funds (food stamps are 100 percent federally funded) and the burden on food pantries if nearly 60,000 Missourians lose benefits, it is important to implement this provision in a way that minimizes harm and ensures that the Post-Dispatch’s prediction does not come true.