From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 10, 1971:
Under a new policy instituted by the Kansas State Welfare Office on July 1, welfare checks were to be made out and mailed from the state office in Topeka rather than the county office. This was causing slight delays in the arrival in checks in some cases. In one instance, a Lawrence child had not yet started school because the welfare check sent to his mother had not yet arrived. The mother said that she could not buy her child food or a pair of shoes, and that she was also unable to pay her rent until the check arrived. She had appealed to the Douglas County Legal Aid office, but before any legal action was necessary, the county welfare department was able to come up with an emergency grocery order so that the child and his mother could obtain food. Betty Freeman, a county welfare department supervisor, said that the department was doing "all we can to persuade the landlord not to evict her."