The Department of Social and Rehabilitation services is defending a policy that has effectively made hundreds of children ineligible for food stamps. SRS recently changed how household income is calculated for the program. Michelle Schroeder, public policy director for SRS, says the old policy favored households that include illegal immigrants.
Schroeder appeared before the House Appropriations Committee. Illegal immigrants are not eligible for food stamps, but their children, who are sometimes U-S citizens, can be eligible. Some lawmakers questioned the change, because it affects children. Bill Feuerborn (“FIRE-born”), of Garnett, is the top Democrat on the committee.
Several lawmakers asked SRS officials to follow up with households that have been removed from the food stamp program.