- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky is receiving federal grant funds to help prevent misuse of a program to provide nutrition assistance.

Seven states are sharing $5 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants, with Kentucky receiving more than $1.1 million.

The funds are to be used to help prevent trafficking in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, formerly known as food stamps, for cash or other goods or services.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Community Based Services and the Office of the Inspector General will administer the grant.

The cabinet says about 390,000 households in Kentucky receive the benefits, known as SNAP, each month.

To report trafficking or fraud in Kentucky, contact the OIG hotline at (800) 372-2970.

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