Help #ProtectSNAP

This week the House of Representatives will vote on legislation to reauthorize the Farm Bill. (for more, see this article: https://www.rollcall.com/…/farm-bill-gets-two-days-house-ru… )
The House proposal threatens deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and would impose unnecessarily strict work requirements on SNAP participants. Other important public health provisions are also in jeopardy, such as key conservation programs and laws that protect the public from the harmful effects of pesticides. Also, several amendments are expected to be introduced that will weaken school meal regulations. Here is a link to a nice PDF infographic fact sheet on SNAP in Kansas: 
http://www.kpha.us/reso…/Documents/snap_factsheet_kansas.pdf
#HandsOffSNAP #ProtectSNAP #SNAPWorks

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CCDF Comment Period Information

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The Child Care and Development Fund State Plan update is available at the link below (DCF website) for public comment. There will be public comment hearing in Topeka June 6th.  Comments may also be emailed by June 11th to ccdfstateplan@ks.gov

 

http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/ees/Pages/Child-Care-and-Development-Fund-State-Plan-Public-Hearing.aspx

 

Two items highlighted by KAC regarding the new state plan are below.

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First, the state should consider using child care funding to subsidize the cost of fingerprint-based background checks for providers. These new fingerprint-based checks are an important step to reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect of children in child care, and Kansas can support providers by offsetting the additional cost of these new requirements.

 

·  Second, Kansas should do more to help families afford child care. The child care assistance program helps families afford the cost of child care tuition so that parents can work while children are in safe early learning settings. The number of children participating in the program fell by more than half in the last decade; child care assistance served fewer than 9,000 Kansas children in March 2018. 

Proposed Farm Bill Puts Kansas Families at Risk of Increased Hunger

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Excerpt from the article:

"The federal Farm Bill proposal recently passed by the House Agriculture Committee would increase hunger throughout Kansas and the nation through its many changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It also forces other states to replicate some of Kansas’ failed policies on SNAP and other poverty-reduction programs, based on flawed studies about Kansas’ experience with similar proposals."