DENVER (AP) - A Colorado proposal to make it easier to apply for entitlement programs ranging from welfare payments to food stamps has turned political.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports that Republicans say the change could cost the state millions by qualifying virtually every eligible citizen for a gamut of... more »
Several counties in Colorado are experiencing a backlog of people requesting food stamps. In Pueblo County, the case load increased from 9,000 to 15,000 households in the last 18 months. A county administrator in Pueblo says her office is simply understaffed to handle the increase in clients. One woman we... more »
HONOLULU (AP) - Lillie Gonzales does whatever it takes to provide for three ravenous sons who live under her roof. She grows her own vegetables at home on Kauai, runs her own small business and like a record 42 million other Americans, she relies on food stamps.
Gonzales and... more »
El Paso County Department of Human Services reports nearly 60,000 people got food assistance last month. The number of cases has risen for the last 24 months.
Al Johnson is the father of three girls and said he had no choice but to apply for help.
"I'm self... more »
Colorado social workers say that attempts to fix the state computer system blamed for delays in food stamps and other public assistance are making things worse.
The system installed in 2004 has a history of communications problems, crashes and failures, including overpayments and underpayments.
New problems started last... more »
Food stamps won't be helping a disabled man fill his service dog's food bowl.
A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Tuesday against James Douris of the Philadelphia suburb of Newtown. It upheld a decision by the state welfare agency denying him additional support.
The 55-year-old Douris is a disabled,... more »
It's a sign of the times, more people are receiving assistance with food in El Paso County.
You'll find long lines at the Department of Human Services--people waiting for help. DHS says about 14,000 more people are receiving food stamps this year compared to 2009. That's an increase of... more »
More than 36 million Americans are now using food stamps, according to the New York Times. The numbers are climbing higher across the country, including in Southern Colorado. In El Paso County 8% of the public is on food stamps, which has soared 38% from 2007. In Pueblo County 17%... more »
Viagra and pornography are not staples on the government's food stamp list. But authorities say a Detroit liquor store supplied them during a series of illegal deals. Federal prosecutors filed fraud charges this week against three people who worked at Jefferson's Liquor Palace. The alleged scheme worked this way: Food... more »