The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is in trouble. Read and send your comment by Nov. 1st. I already did. Thanx. (The message will bleed across the margins.)
Almost 1 Million Kids Could Lose Free or Reduced Cost School Meals
Recently, the Coalition on Human Needs alerted you to another Trump Administration attack on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Currently, states can eliminate asset tests for SNAP to serve more struggling families working their way up the economic ladder. By changing these categorical eligibility requirements for food assistance, this proposal would deny or reduce SNAP for almost 3 million people. And it’s now worse than we thought.
The proposed rule’s impact goes beyond SNAP. Children in families that lose SNAP may also lose their free or reduced price school meals. Appallingly, it turns out that this proposed rule would affect nearly twice as many kids as originally estimated. The USDA now says 982,000 children would be negatively affected by changes to categorical eligibility, almost twice as many as the previously estimated 500,000. That’s more children than the entire populations of Nashville and Pittsburgh combined. 497,000 kids would be moved from free to reduced-price meals, while another 40,000 would lose eligibility altogether.
The comment period on this proposed rule had previously closed. But due to this miscalculation by USDA, the comment period has now been extended to November 1st. However, the only new comments that will be counted are those related to the impact of the proposal on children’s loss of school meal assistance.
The time to act is now. Use FRAC’s comment portal here to submit a comment by November 1st. But remember: Please ensure your comment is related to children and school meals. Otherwise, your comment won’t be counted.
Here are some points to consider including, in addition to explaining who you are and why you are concerned about the proposed rule:
To learn more: Read FRAC’s 1-pager on Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility here.