Thursday, March 3, 2011

Missouri Foodstamps Spent in Hawaii

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiImage by Jeff Kubina via Flickr
Isn't it interesting that Missouri welfare benefits are being spent in Hawaii:
A News 4 Investigation reveals Missouri residents receiving food stamps and welfare payments are spending them in places like Hawaii, California, and Florida.

News 4 requested public information regarding these expenses through the Missouri Department of Social Services. The agency provided a state by state break down of where Missouri benefits are being spent, click here to see the list.
The dollars actually spent in Hawaii are relatively small. I'm trying to imagine scenarios where it makes sense for Missouri to be providing welfare benefits to residents who are out of state. I can think of a few, but all of them are short term like someone that's moved for a new job in a new state or is traveling. The real question should be about the duration of the benefits.

1 comment:

MO2 Resident said...

I find it interesting that the average price for meals is almost $31.00 each. We're not talking McDonalds meals here!