Gov. Jay Nixon today (Thursday, October 24) announced that he has directed the Missouri Department of Social Services to withdraw a proposed rule to modify Missouri’s existing waiver under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“Ensuring state-administered food assistance programs operate as effectively and efficiently as possible is an important priority of my administration,” Gov. Nixon said. “With greater certainty about what the federal funding level for the food stamp program will be after last week’s budget agreement, we have made a determination that the appropriate course of action is to maintain the policy that is currently in place.”
Since 2009 Missouri has received a statewide waiver from the federal government that allows able-bodied adults without children to qualify for food stamps without meeting certain federal work requirements. Previously the waiver only applied to counties with high unemployment.
Governor Nixon announced last month that he was going to allow the statewide employment waiver to expire immediately and return to the county-by-county model. His decision raised concerns with food banks and charities that are already strained with people seeking assistance.
Posted: October 24, 2013