Joe Heflin, left, of Jefferson City, Missouri, loads free groceries into the backseat of his car with the help from a volunteer at the Samaritan Center food pantry in 2016. Heflin, 33, also receives federally funded food stamp benefits. Under a new Mississippi law that is being considered in other states, recipients would face tougher and more frequent eligibility checks.
Joe Heflin, left, of Jefferson City, Missouri, loads free groceries into the backseat of his car with the help from a volunteer at the Samaritan Center food pantry in 2016. Heflin, 33, also receives federally funded food stamp benefits. Under a new Mississippi law that is being considered in other states, recipients would face tougher and more frequent eligibility checks. David A. Lieb AP File
Joe Heflin, left, of Jefferson City, Missouri, loads free groceries into the backseat of his car with the help from a volunteer at the Samaritan Center food pantry in 2016. Heflin, 33, also receives federally funded food stamp benefits. Under a new Mississippi law that is being considered in other states, recipients would face tougher and more frequent eligibility checks. David A. Lieb AP File