Missouri will receive a cash bonus from the federal government for being a national leader at making food stamp benefits accessible to low-income people. Missouri stands to collect $2.4-Million for having the nation’s second-best participation access rate in the Food Stamp Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s participation access rate is a ratio of program participants to the number of persons in poverty. Chris Whitley, Associate Director of the State Social Services Department, says the money will come in handy because there is always a need for money in the area of Social Services. Whitley is proud of the work done by the Department to help those in need. Missouri finished second to Tennessee.