GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –
Rules regarding eligibility to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also known as “SNAP” or “food stamps” could be changing.
Nation wide nearly 39 million people use the snap program. Of those the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 3.1 million (roughly 8%) don’t meet the Congress’ mandated qualifications. The USDA say they receive their SNAP benefits through widely unregulated state “categorical eligibility”. In other words when people applied for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) they were automatically given SNAP benefits.
This is a state by state issue. Today KREX spoke with officials from the Department of Human Services in Colorado. They are not prepared to give a statement on camera, but the announcement has propelled the agency into action.
They are holding a meeting with County agencies Thursday. KREX was told, of the 463,000 people on SNAP here in the state, only 17,000 are on TANF. that’s 3% of food stamp recipients.
KREX will keep you up to date on any changes to SNAP here on the Western Slope.