SOUTHERN EBT PROGRAM TO SWITCH ON IN SPRING

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (FNS) -- The Southern Alliance of States' electronic benefits transfer program, stalled by litigation this summer, is moving forward again and plans on a spring 1997 pilot launch in three of the eight states.Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri are expected to begin issuing in March plastic cards in place of paper food stamps, said Melba Price, associate director for policy coordination

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (FNS) -- The Southern Alliance of States' electronic benefits transfer program, stalled by litigation this summer, is moving forward again and plans on a spring 1997 pilot launch in three of the eight states.

Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri are expected to begin issuing in March plastic cards in place of paper food stamps, said Melba Price, associate director for policy coordination at the Missouri Department of Social Services.

Price, who also chairs the South

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