Archive for Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Brownback administration drops federal grant program to help people apply for food stamps

October 8, 2013


— Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has discontinued use of a federal grant program to help poor people apply for food stamps.

"We simply do not believe taxpayer dollars should be used to recruit people to be on welfare," said Theresa Freed, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

Debbie Snapp, director of Catholic Social Service in Dodge City, which was to receive $14,506 of the grant funds, said Freed's description of the program was "unfortunate."

Snapp said most people who receive food assistance in her area are employed at low-wage jobs, and most use it only temporarily.

"The majority of people are working, or they are single moms with small children. In recent years, we've seen a lot more families come in. If you are hungry, you need help," Snapp said.

The five groups that were to receive the grants were notified about the decision to drop the program by DCF on Sept. 30, one day before the grants were to be renewed.

The grant funding, which Catholic Social Service received in the past, was used in outreach efforts to promote the availability of food stamps to those who were eligible, Snapp said.

She said dropping the grant represents "a trend to not help people find out what benefits they are eligible for."

She said Catholic Social Service will continue to do outreach because it's important. The group will have to find alternative funding, she said.

The other outreach grants that were dropped included Rice County, $16,267; USDA Food Bank, Wichita, $13,819; Harvesters, Kansas City, $14,314; and Community Access, Independence, $12,621.

Currently, nearly 320,000 Kansans receive food stamps, also called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Approximately half of those recipients are children.

Freed, with DCF, said Kansas joins South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming in not conducting any outreach using USDA federal funds.

She said the state's action doesn't prevent the former grantees from doing their own outreach.

"DCF believes that encouraging people to sign up for welfare benefits is not consistent with our position that welfare should be used temporarily and serve as a bridge to employment and self-sufficiency," Freed said.


onemansopinion 4 years, 7 months ago

Governor Brownback,

As a person who likes to tout his religious devotion relating to political matters, please reconsider this incredibly poor policy decision. You are the Governor of ALL KANSANS, not just the rich ones that voted for you. What would Jesus do, Governor?

JayhawkFan1985 4 years, 7 months ago

Jesus would feed the hungry and clothe the poor.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 7 months ago

More than that, Jesus would weep.
Is it me, or is Brownback's vaunted "Christianity" finally wearing thin enough that people are actually, you know, starting to see the holes in it?

question4u 4 years, 7 months ago

"'DCF believes that encouraging people to sign up for welfare benefits is not consistent with our position that welfare should be used temporarily and serve as a bridge to employment and self-sufficiency,' Freed said."

"Approximately half of those recipients are children."

OK, so Freed believes that children should be employed and self-sufficient. Why not? Child labor is common in the third world, and this is Kansas after all.

And Catholic Social Service will just have to wise up. What did they think Sam was, a Christian?

Bob Forer 4 years, 7 months ago

Well put. But actually, he is worse than that. But I don't want to be censored so I will bite my tongue. ,

Bob Forer 4 years, 7 months ago

Once again, Brownie turns down federal money. Another gratefu state will get it. thanks guv.

FarleyM 4 years, 7 months ago

As if the Federal government has any money to give away. It looks like Atheist groups will have to pick up the slack.

deec 4 years, 7 months ago

Atheist groups like Catholic Social Services?

In_God_we_trust 4 years, 7 months ago

Gov. Brownback would be better perceived by Republicans and Democrats throughout the state, if he would instead of trying to force people to work for slave wages, and making rules for it to be hard for the poor to provide for their families, if he could make efforts to show how he is making the employment environment better so that companies will hire people into good paying jobs and treat and pay employees better. This way they can provide for their families without the need for welfare.

People generally want to work and would rather work, if given a good paying opportunity and the ability to be hired by a good company that is excited about employees working for them, and provide a way for employees to get ahead. But what happens too often today, the company ends up treating employees like enemies, looking for a way to get rid of them or write them up, while withholding wages and benefits and insisting on long hours so the company won't need to hire another person, making higher profit margins for the company.

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 7 months ago

Wow! We DO agree on something!

The problem is, I suspect, the fact that Koch Industries holds Sam's puppet strings. Companies and corporations DO treat their workers as if they were "enemies", and Kansas seems to have become nothing more than one of the Koch Holdings. That makes us "The Enemy".

There are a great many parallels in how Koch would buy financially healthy, small businesses, "absorb" them, then destroy them, and the way Brownback is running the State of Kansas. It's pretty darn scary.

chootspa 4 years, 7 months ago

We're in agreement. Now he's just playing class warfare with the working poor instead of doing his best to make sure the working aren't so poor.

Bob Forer 4 years, 7 months ago

You are absolutely right. A living minimum wage would do wonders. People should work if they are physically able, and when they do, they should be able to provide a minimal existence. I am sick and tired of subsidizing the big companies like Wal Mart and others who pay their employess less than enough to barely get by. the taxpayers end up subsidizing Walmart with food stamps and other government handouts. If these folks were paid fairly and decently (and by decently I am not talking about luxuries, but the basic essentials of life), then they wouldn't need to rely on we taxpayers.

tomatogrower 4 years, 7 months ago

Wow, I'm writing this on the calendar. I agree with IGWT.

verity 4 years, 7 months ago


Going to bed.

Will look again in the morning to see if I am seeing correctly.

Pr0digy 4 years, 7 months ago

Yeah god forbid anybody obtain any sort of federal subsidies.

Pot meet Kettle Sam Brownback received USDA Farm Subsidy payments totaling $48,852 from 1995 through 2008

workinghard 4 years, 7 months ago

The JW once published a link to a site that provided the information on who received farm subsidies and how much. Do you have that info, I would love to have it?

Aimee Polson 4 years, 7 months ago

Kind of surprised to see Doug Compton on that list of farms to receive federal subsidies.

blindrabbit 4 years, 7 months ago

Brownie a convert into Catholicism better head to the confessional booth to make this right Smilin Sam owes the pope as well as his fellow Opus Dei and C-Street buddies an explanation; God's Senator has fallen out of favor and tossed aside his commitment to humility. His former compatriots must now realize Brownie likes Koch-a-Kolas more than helping his fellow papists.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 7 months ago

Brownie hasn't been a papist in awhile. After he moved back to Topeka from DC he became an e-van-jellical. Kinda like WBC.

bunnyhawk 4 years, 7 months ago

It's Bleeding Kansas all over again. Our federal tax dollars are being shipped to other states in bushel baskets by Governor Brownback. What's fiscally conservative about that?

Kim Mandle 4 years, 7 months ago

Brownback continues to be an embarrassment. None of us wants a Welfare State, but caring for and helping others escape desperate circumstances seems reasonable. Difficult to know where the man's heart is, but based on his rhetoric and actions it appears to be in someone's pocketbook.

LloydDobbler 4 years, 7 months ago

Heartless, low-life thugs. Kansas is run by a new form of conservative organized crime organization. It's been well documented that SNAP and WIC are used by many well-intentioned, working Americans. Yet our "Christian" leaders do everything they can to deter use of safety nets, prey on the most vulnerable, and disenfranchise voters that they believe may not be aligned with them in lockstep. Wake up people...we are in the midst of a very hostile takeover and it's time to take back democratic control of our political environment.

JayhawkFan1985 4 years, 7 months ago

We need a new governor. This time I hope we elect a human being.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

I want my tax dollars contributed to assist those in need as well as having my tax dollars spent in the local economy such as grocery stores.

Does Gov. Brownback have the authority to shut out OUR federal tax dollars? What exactly is that authority?

Kansas has not yet voted for a Fascist Dictatorship form of government. Gov Brownback is operating under the assumption he will fill that position.

William Weissbeck 4 years, 7 months ago

Wow, $70,000 saved (sent elsewhere) to prove what? That your stick is bigger than the other guy's? That amount of money wasn't even enough to pay volunteers, but in Brownback's eyes, it was too much. By the names of these organizations, seems like they were the sort of community based outreach that the GOP is always touting. All hail Greater Brownbackistan.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

Brownback to those who the Koch Bros won't hire-- "Let them eat dirt!!!!"

Michael LoBurgio 4 years, 7 months ago

Republican right wing teaparty Pro-life logic 101

Unborn babies must be born!

Hungry children from low-income families "Oh sorry you're hungry. Maybe your parents should have thought about that before having a child they couldn't afford.


Mike LoBurgio

Richard Payton 4 years, 7 months ago

We do have a choice to elect Paul Davis next election!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 7 months ago

Brownback is one of the numerous republican governers advocating the overthrow of the Federal Government, an act of treason. He knows that hungry poor people are much more willing go go along with an attack on the Federal Government,

He is smart like a fox.

overthemoon 4 years, 7 months ago

Kansas taxpayer money coming back to Kansas is repeatedly rejected. Does Sam want us to keep paying federal taxes with no benefit returning to the state? How crazy is that??

Chris Baker 4 years, 7 months ago

This article doesn't even provide the name of the funding program/legislation that is being turned down? Really?

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 7 months ago

And Brownback calls himself "pro-life". Yeah. Right.

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