Kansas officials say the state will join several others in letting a federal waiver that allows an estimated 20,000 Kansans to receive food assistance without keeping a job expire.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families says it wants to encourage employment over welfare dependency. Able-bodied adults with no dependents would need to work no less than 20 hours per week to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
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The federal waiver expires Sept. 30. That means that come Oct. 1, adults will have three months to either find work or enroll in federally-approved job training.
Other states that do not use the waiver include Delaware, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming and Utah. Oklahoma and Wisconsin also plan to let the waiver expire.