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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has reversed course on a proposed rule change that would have cut food stamp eligibility for unemployed adults without children.

Nixon had initially cited concerns over the amount of federal funds available for state-run food assistance programs, but now says there's more certainty due to the end of the partial government shutdown last week.  Fellow Democrat and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis says she's elated by the governor's reversal.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that his administration is dropping a plan to cut the state’s food-stamp rolls by stopping a federal waiver that had allowed Missouri to expand eligibility for the last four years.

The governor, a Democrat, said in a statement 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).”

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An official with the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) briefed a House Interim Committee Monday on Governor Jay Nixon's (D) proposed rule change to cut able-bodied adults without children from the federal food stamp program (SNAP) if they don't have a job.

Allison Campbell with the DSS Family Support Division says they initially sought to implement the change on October 1st via emergency rule, but she admits that approach was a mistake.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Canned veggies, soups, tuna and fruit.

Nonperishables like peanut butter, crackers and cereals.

There’s nothing fancy on the "want list" of St. Louis area food pantries: just the basic canned and shelf-stable foods they have always distributed to the region’s hungry families.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The state of Missouri is planning to cut back on eligibility for food stamps, a move that swiftly prompted criticism from the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.

The proposed change would require that most able-bodied Missourians, aged 18-50 and without dependents, would receive food stamps only if “they are employed, seeking work or are enrolled in an education or training program,” according to a statement issued by the state’s Department of Social Services.

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A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.

While the national average shows 14.7 percent of American homes had low or very low food security between 2010 and 2012, Missouri's average is 16.7 percent, or about one out of six households.  That's up from 15 percent during the 2007-2009 survey period.  Glenn Koenen is Hunger Task Force Chair for the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.