USDA reportedly open to food-stamp alternative

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services contends that the food-stamp eligibility change it made – which has resulted in more than 1,000 U.S. children being dropped from the federally funded program – was its only option to change what it considered to be an unfair system. But a leader of El Centro, an anti-poverty program in Kansas City, Kan., said the group contacted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to see if capping benefits would be a possible alternative, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. According to El Centro, USDA indicated that it would be open to considering such an alternative if Kansas submitted a request for a waiver, which takes six to eight weeks to review. If so, why didn’t SRS attempt that first before kicking U.S. kids off food stamps?