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Joplin initiative seeks better solution to poverty than food stamps and handouts

In an average month, more than 20,000 people are on food stamps in Jasper County, Missouri alone, at an annual cost to taxpayers of more than $31 million.

Statewide the number of people on food stamps is up 33% in the past five years.

Some local charities say the system creates dependency and believe there's a better way than welfare to fight poverty.  It's called the True Charity Initiative.

KOAM's Lisa Olliges takes a look at the food stamp debate in this special report.


Part 1 - Aired May 2, 2013 on KOAM News at 6

A look at how food stamps can be both a benefit and abused.  Meet two women who've used food stamps, one who admits to having bartered and selling them.

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Part 2 - Aired May 2, 2013 on KOAM News at 10

Watered Gardens and other charities are behind the True Charity Initiative.  They believe there's a better solution than welfare, especially food stamps and handouts that they say creates a dependency.  We'll take an in-depth look.

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