Fewer in Hawaii using food stamps
HILO — The number of food-stamp recipients on Kauai increased slightly in 2017.
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The maximum SNAP benefits in Hawaii are nearly double what they are in the Continental US. Groceries are high, but they are not double. Despite a statewide unemployment rate of 3.9% Hawaii still claims areas need time limit waivers for the work requirements on ABAWD. While the USDA income limit is 130% of the federal poverty level guideline, Hawaii makes households earning up to 200% of the FPL eligible. Hawaii claims their “administrative cost” of doling out federal SNAP dollars is $38 per household per month. Hawaii has little interest in curbing SNAP spending but it sounds like a great place to start cutting.