How the Missouri Food Stamps program will help the poor and hungry
An estimated 14.7 million Missouri residents were eligible for the food stamps program last year, and it has been a boon for people who are homeless, food insecure and in need of assistance.
Now the state is looking to expand the program to more families, and they’ve got a few ideas to help out.
“Food stamps can be very helpful for the poorest people in our state,” said Gov.
Jay Nixon in a press release.
“Many of these families have been struggling to get by for decades and the food stamp program can help them get back on their feet.”
The governor said he is open to hearing suggestions for expanding the program beyond just the family size limit.
“We have a long-term goal of expanding the food bank and other community programs,” Nixon said.
“These programs are very effective, and we think this will be a tremendous help to many more families in Missouri.”
That’s a good thing, because it could help alleviate the economic burden on many people who can’t find other means to support themselves.
“The food stamps have been a huge boon to the people in the St. Louis region,” said Mark Siegel, executive director of the St Louis Food Bank.
“They are saving thousands of dollars a month in payroll taxes and helping keep the community afloat.
This is a tremendous benefit to our region.”
As it stands, Missouri only has three food banks to serve the state’s homeless population.
The state’s food bank serves about 200,000 people a month, according to the Missouri Department of Administration.
In addition to the food assistance, the state also provides grants to local businesses to buy supplies like fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other goods and services like rent assistance, and grants for rent and electric bill assistance.
The St. Charles Food Bank provides food to nearly 400,000 households each month.
They also have a program called “Pizza for the Poor,” which is run out of the same building as the food banks, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce provides assistance for businesses to donate pizza to the needy.
The program is currently open to anyone, including the homeless.
It’s currently available to anyone who has lived in Missouri for three months or less.
For those who live in St. Cloud, Missouri, there’s a similar program called the Stearns Street Food Pantry.
“For families like this, the food pantry can provide a safe place to live,” said Jim Pritchard, executive vice president of Stearn Street Food.
“It’s a very large program, and this is where we’ve got to be a lot more careful.”
As for the idea of expanding food stamps to more people, the governor is open for suggestions.
“There are many ways to expand food assistance in the state,” Nixon added.
“One is the housing assistance program.
The other is the food credit program, which is available to low-income households, and there are many other things that we could do.”
In addition, there is a $2.3 billion food bank in St Louis County.
They’re also considering extending the program nationwide.