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View Diary: Kansas tightens food stamp eligibility, kicking up to 20,000 off of aid (37 comments)

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  •  SNAP is not welfare (4+ / 0-)

    "Food stamps" may be packaged with other benefits, as some counties require the initial application be a complete one that determines eligibility for number of programs. But SNAP is determined independently of the others.  It is intended to address a specific problem - hunger - & there should be no requirements for receiving the benefits other than the applicant's income & resources. Being "able-bodied" has nothing to do with it.   When I worked as a food stamp interviewer, I approved benefits for a shorter period of time where I felt the applicant's income could suddenly change - upward or downward. Every three or four months they had to update their financial information. People on fixed incomes unlikely to change received longer approvals, some up to a full year. Treating SNAP as welfare-to-work is bullsh*t.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 07:10:46 PM PDT

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