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Legal Aid of the Bluegrass reminding Kentuckians of changes to SNAP during coronavirus pandemic

In an attempt to counteract the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Kentucky has recently announced some important changes to the SNAP Program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded food assistance program that provides vital nutritional support to people all across the United States. Kentucky recently received an emergency allotment waiver. This means...

Rural Blog: SNAP rules target able-bodied people without dependents, but may have ripple effects

Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could have a substantial ripple effect in a small town. In Letcher County, pop. 25,000, the new rules could cost up to 400 residents their SNAP benefits and could potentially affect their families, Sam Adams reports for The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg. The changes, set to take affect April 1, are expected to cost more than 3 million Americans...

Federal officials say Kentuckians’ SNAP benefits will be protected as government shutdown drags on

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Federal officials say fallout from the government shutdown will not impact the food security of families already living on the edge in Kentucky and other states. There were concerns that funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP could dry up after January, but the Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is working with states...

Funds will go toward ‘eliminating barriers’ that contribute to child hunger in Kentucky

(Graphic from Hunger in Kentucky 2014)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Kentucky is one of just a few states that will be on the receiving end of $27 million worth of U.S. Department of Agriculture grants designated to help combat child hunger.   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement about the new initiative during a speech at the 2015 National Anti-Hunger...