Kentucky cracking down on SNAP program abuse

Knox residents abusing government benefits beware! Kentucky is one of seven states just selected to share $5 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant funds to identify, track and prevent the misuse of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by program recipients. Kentucky will receive more than $1.1 million in federal grant dollars, which will be used to help combat SNAP trafficking, primarily the exchange of benefits for cash or other goods or services.

In Kentucky, the grant will be administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services and the Office of the Inspector General. The cabinet will coordinate its fraud prevention and detection efforts with local, state and federal law enforcement partners, while also training retailers to better identify potential SNAP traffickers.

“Many Kentucky families would go hungry without the aid of SNAP. It is a critical safety net that allows a family to eat when their income won’t cover the rent and groceries,” said CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes. “Unfortunately, there is a small percentage who abuse SNAP benefits for financial gain, diverting benefits from those truly in need. This grant will help bolster our efforts to find those who exploit SNAP and hold them accountable.”