Government Advertises Food Stamps
By: Lauren Keith
Often, here on Heartland News, we bring you stories of job layoffs, displaced workers, and so on. Unfortunately, that heartache has become all too common in our region, and the government takes note.
Leaders think many working families might be eligible for help like food stamps, and they're doing something about that. You may have even heard the government plan, already. Just in the last few weeks, commercials on various Illinois radio stations advertise food stamps!
Daughterty helps working families apply for various government aid, like food stamps. He says, the cost of living, on average, has gone up in recent years, as well as the number of unemployed workers.
Daugherty and other case work managers believe there are more people eligible for food stamps than are applying, and the state wants to make sure these folks take advantage of the federally-funded food stamp program.
Daugherty says in Jackson county alone, almost 8,000 people could qualify for aid, but approximately only 3700 have applied. "I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who grew up in the old days and would rather take a beating, as they say, than apply for some kind of assistance," said Daugherty.
If you're wondering what the government's interest is in making sure people apply for free money now. "The food and nutrition services really uses the food stamp program for healthcare and nutritional needs as opposed to as a subsidy. So, they're looking out for long-term problems. We're happy to help people get the nutrition they require," said Daugherty.