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Summit in Topeka Addresses Food Insecurity

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) – Advocates for low-income Kansans say pandemic food-assistance policies reduced food insecurity, and they would like to see those programs extended. Various anti-poverty advocacy groups met at the Hunger Action Summit in Topeka to discuss how to tackle the problem of access to healthy food.

Haley Kottler of Kansas Appleseed says the group wants federal lawmakers to consider extending pandemic programs that increased food stamps and made school lunches free. “The pandemic era flexibilities and waivers that we saw to address and tackle food insecurity worked, and we need them to continue,” Kottler said.

She’s concerned that new work requirements for food assistance that Kansas lawmakers passed into law this year will mean more Kansans will lack access to healthy meals.