Anheuser-Busch-InBev announced 1,400 U.S. jobs will be cut. Laid off workers may look to the state for help, but won't find much assistance if they do not have a family.
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Anheuser-Busch-InBev announced 1,400 U.S. jobs will be cut. Laid off workers may look to the state for help, but won't find much assistance if they do not have a family.

Date: December 10, 2008
By: Christine Slusser
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: More than 1,000 Missourians could be on their way to collect food stamps, one of the only things the Department of Social Services provides to those without children.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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The brewery giant Anheuser-Busch InBev announced Monday that 1,400 people in St. Louis alone will lose their jobs.

This will lead some to look to the state for help, but Missouri Department of Social Services spokeswoman Arleasha (AR-LEESH-UH) Mays says her Department mainly focuses on those people in need with children.

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Description: "We encourage anyone who believes they may qualify to apply for food stamp benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and the Missouri HealthNet Program. Applications for food stamps and MO HealthNet are available online."

Mays says food stamps are the best thing offered for those without children.

St. Louis County Senator Timothy Green says the legislature will be pro-active on creating new jobs come January when the new session begins.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.


Intro: Many Missourians who work for Anheuser-Busch will not have happy holidays, especially with only food stamps to look forward to when the company makes a 1,400-person cut. 

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol. 

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Anheuser-Busch InBev said about 1,400 jobs will kick the bucket to help save money for the brewer who provides half of America's beer.

Spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Social Services, Arleasha (AR-LEESH-UH) Mays, says she only knows of one option her Department offers to those without children.

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Description: "The food stamp benefit exactly would be available to them. I need to check as far as TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] is concerned because that really is a program to provide for families with children."

Mays says the food stamp application is available online at the Missouri Department of Social Services website.

St. Louis County Senator Timothy Green says corporate greed has taken over Anheuser-Busch and that legislation will begin as soon as the new session starts January 7.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.


Intro: Laid-off Anheuser-Busch employees will find little help from Missouri government until the new session starts January 7.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol. 

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Just in time for the holidays, the brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev, who provides America with half it's beer, will cut some 1,400 jobs.

St. Louis County Senator Timothy Green said the Missouri legislature is pro-active on creating more jobs, but can't offer help until the new session starts January 7.

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Description: "I think after the newly elected Governor meets with not only his new staff that he has brought in, but also the federal government and some of the policies that they are offering you will see some legislation begin as soon as session starts."

Those seeking help will be out of luck with the state's Work Force Development Division because, according to a spokesman, Anheuser-Busch InBev must make contact with them before they can offer any help to the laid-off employees.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.