Melanie Hickcox and Bree Broadus work together here in Mid-Missouri. Melanie is the SNAP Project Manager for Feeding Missouri and Bree is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.
They both work to provide access to SNAP benefits, otherwise known as food stamps to inmates getting ready to reenter society – even helping people with paperwork and applications before they’re released.
They spoke about why food stamp access is so important – especially among this vulnerable population.
In this excerpt from KBIA’s Intersection, Melanie Hickcox and Monica Palmer with Feeding Missouri, a coalition of Missouri food banks, discuss the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding food insecurity.
Melanie Hickcox and Monica Palmer both work at Feeding Missouri, a coalition of Missouri food banks. Melanie is the SNAP project manager, and Monica is the communications manager.
During the partial government shutdown in January, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamp benefits, distributed February benefits at the end of the month in January.
Melanie and Monica spoke about how this disruption of normal benefits is still impacting food insecure Missourians and local food pantries.
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