Missouri to lose $96 million in food stamps funding

By Steven Anthony
Missouri School of Journalism
Missourians saw a cut in their food stamps on Nov. 1 as part of a $5 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). A family of four will receive $36 less per month.
Roughly 15 percent of the state’s population, or 933,000 people, receive food stamps, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The report said all Missourians on food stamps are affected by the cut.
The 2009 federal stimulus bill contained a limited-time increase in food stamp aid to states. That increase has expired.
The U.S. House and Senate are currently negotiating food-stamp legislation, which could include further cuts to the program. The House previously passed a bill that included $39 billion in cuts over 10 years, while the Senate version had $4.5 billion in reductions over the same time period.