Nearly 1 in 4 households with children in New York struggle from food hardships. Food scarcity can have devastating effects on the health, cognitive functioning, and overall well-being of children.
The Trump administration recently issued a proposed rule that would remove food assistance from approximately 3 million Americans by making them ineligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as “food stamps”). Read TCA's blog post on this proposal, and click above to send a message that you don't support these new SNAP restrictions!
SNAP is one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty programs. Over 40 million Americans in 2018 received support from this anti-hunger program, including 2.6 million New Yorkers and more than 113,000 residents of Monroe County.
The proposed rule, which does not need congressional approval, would eliminate the “Broad Based Categorical Eligibility Option,” which gives states the flexibility to provide SNAP benefits to millions of low-income households experiencing financial hardship and food scarcity. Forty states, including New York, currently use this categorical eligibility to increase access to SNAP and decrease costs of running the program.
Click here to submit a comment opposing this change before Sept. 23rd! Sample messages and instructions from the Food Research and Action Center are included.
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