There Are a Lot of Hungry and Desperate People in Missouri Who Say They Can’t Get Through to the Food Stamps Department |Viral News
People who get food stamps are telling News 4 that they’re facing a new nightmare: the state of Missouri.
When News 4 heard about food stamp benefits being cut or taken away, it was swamped with calls from people who wanted help. They couldn’t get through to anyone at the state to help them.
Is this scary? Justin Thorne said: “It looks really scary.” He has almost no food in his kitchen. “I have some noodles and a few cans of stew in here.”
News 4 talked to Thorne who is disabled and recently had surgery. He told them that he has been getting food stamps for years through what is sometimes called the “SNAP” program. But, recently, he was told that the state benefit was going to be slashed a lot.
“Can you live on $10 a week?” Thorne said that. The Department of Social Services in Missouri, on the other hand, won’t let him speak to them.
You can’t talk to them for four hours after you’ve called them three times. No, Thorne isn’t sure.
Mary Holmes has been getting food stamps since 1984, but recently she was cut off from Missouri’s SNAP. She can’t get through because of long waits.
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Holmes: “There were 692 people in front of me.” News 4 Investigates also couldn’t get anyone on the phone on Thursday, but they didn’t know why.
News 4 talked to Holmes as she was making the last of her food. She said that she was hungry and afraid.
There is something Holmes has never been through: “It’s frustrating, it’s stressful, and it is something I have never been through.”
Problems with the snap program may have gotten worse because of the pandemic. She said this to News 4 on Wednesday. Dealer-Meadows: “There is no reason that can make them legally not have to help people who need a SNAP.”
We wanted to talk to the state about how quickly benefits were cut and why people were put on hold by the state. There was only one thing the Department of Social Services would say: They couldn’t say anything about the pending lawsuit.
Thorne: “I’m kind of afraid because there’s no one to get angry at because no one answers their phones.” How will I get through this?