But Missouri's Director of Social Services, Gary Stangler is still wrestling with the details... days before the switch over.
Missouri government officials say they do know that yearly food stamp increases will be cut by an average of 12-dollars a month per family and there will be new regulations for welfare recipients to get jobs.
In addition, 12-thousand families lose fifty dollars every month in child-support benefits.
Earlier this month Stangler held a teleconference with the department's state employees to attempt to answer lingering questions.
Therese Kaiser, a representative for the Devision of Child Services, also spoke during the session.
She said Missouri's Department of Social Services still does not know what it will do with the bill.Stangler said that Missouri's Social Services Department is finding it difficult to understand all the details of the Federal bill. Local social service providers also say they're left guessing at what the cuts will mean... but they say they know for sure their clients will suffer.
Tim Rich is the director of the Salvation Army Harbor House and Soup Kitchen in Columbia.
He says his clients have no idea of the blow about to strike.Rich says he's already seeing a shift in the makeup of Salvation Army's population.
Services for Independent Living is another shelter in Columbia that helps low-income and homeless people with mental and physical disabilities.
The shelter's Executive Director Richard Blakely:Blakely says people should know in advance about things that will effect their survival and it's up to the government to see they do.
But just days before the cuts take effect there's been little publicly said by Missouri's Welfare agency.
From Jefferson City, I'm Jennifer Horton