|Proposed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Regulation
Trump’s Proposed Rule Would Deny Food Stamps to 3.1 Million Food Insecure Americans (Between the Lines, August 7, 2019)
In this radio interview, Ellen Vollinger, SNAP director at FRAC, discusses the proposed rule limiting SNAP benefits, gives reasons why the change would cause more people across the country to go hungry, and calls on Congress to strengthen SNAP benefits. Currently, a person on SNAP receives an average of $4 a day for food, which “can make a difference for them of not having to choose between making the rent payment and having food,” Vollinger notes in the interview.
Welfare changes may leave Ohioans without food benefits (The Vindicator, August 5, 2019)
More than 50,000 SNAP recipients in Ohio’s Mahoning County could lose their benefits if a proposed rule change for the program goes into effect, and they would not be the only people affected. SNAP makes it possible for many people to participate in the economy by helping them afford food. “If they lose their SNAP benefits and can’t get back on, that could be felt by local businesses,” said Robert Bush, Jr., director of Mahoning County Jobs and Family Services. SNAP benefits helped 17,013 of the county’s children in July.
DCF sounds alarm over proposed 3SquaresVT eligibility changes (WCAX, August 6, 2019)
The Vermont Department of Children and Families (DCF) estimates that 5,200 households, or about 13 percent of the program’s caseloads, could lose their SNAP benefits, called 3SquaresVT in the state, if the proposed eligibility change takes affect. In addition, the change could affect the eligibility of 4,500 children receiving free or reduced-price school meals. DCF is planning to provide comments in opposition to the proposed SNAP rule change.
Proposed SNAP Rule and School Meal Eligibility
Free school lunches for SF students threatened by federal cuts (San Francisco Examiner, August 3, 2019)
USDA’s proposal to limit SNAP eligibility would mean that 18,000 students in the San Francisco Unified School District could lose their eligibility for free school meals. “The proposed change at the federal level would not allow California to take into account the higher cost of living here for families applying and trying to qualify for food stamps,” said Jennifer LeBarre, the district’s director of student nutrition services. In addition, if fewer students are eligible for SNAP benefits, there will be fewer students certified to receive free meals, and then some schools would become ineligible to provide free school meals through the Community Eligibility Provision, said LeBarre. California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently criticized the proposal on Twitter.
17,000 Washington students could lose free meals over food stamp changes (Q13, August 3, 2019)
While 17,000 Washington State students are at risk of losing free school meals if USDA’s proposed SNAP regulation takes effect, the number could be higher. Schools eligible for, and offering free meals through, the Community Eligibility Provision, could see their eligibility numbers drop as a result of students losing SNAP benefits. The change would jeopardize the academic future of these students, said Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA).
District says free breakfast, lunch program has been a success (St. Augustine Record, August 3, 2019)
Since starting to offer free school meals to all students through CEP, Marquez Jackson, principal at Crookshank Elementary in Florida, said more students show up early for breakfast, which boosts attendance numbers, and the students who ate breakfast showed better focus on their schoolwork. CEP will continue to offer free meals to students in St. Johns County when school begins on August 12. However, the proposed SNAP rule change could affect which schools are eligible for CEP, and nationally 500,000 children would be at risk of losing access to free school meals.