Temporarily Unemployed Americans' Food at Risk – Help Fight Back

03.06.2019

Dear Friend:

Your support is needed now more than ever. The Trump administration's proposal to take food away from 755,000 low-income Americans could take up to $15 billion worth of food out of their shopping carts over the next ten years.

The proposed rule limits the ability of states with high levels of unemployment to qualify for waivers of certain rules mandating up to 20 hours of work activities per week for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) to receive SNAP benefits. Since 1996, every state except Delaware has used the waivers currently in place to halt time limits on SNAP. The current rules give states the flexibility needed to support residents during tough times, and this heartless rule would limit that flexibility.

This proposal is also an attempt by the Trump administration to subvert the will of Congress, which reauthorized SNAP in the 2018 Farm Bill. Moreover, the vast majority of Americans who rely on SNAP are children, older Americans, people with disabilities, and working people. Only about 7 percent of SNAP recipients are classified as ABAWDs who are not currently working. People who are in this category include veterans, people struggling with mental illness and addiction, and adults living in rural areas without access to transportation.

Help us fight this nonsensical proposal in two ways:

1. The USDA is required to take public comments into consideration until April 2, 2019 before making the regulation final. Make your voice heard by taking just a few minutes to legally register your opposition to this unjust proposal.

As just one example, Nancy Gilkyson of Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the nearly 8,000 people who have commented on the proposal so far, wrote:

“What kind of nation are we that we cannot take care of those who need our help without leveling conditions on that assistance that may or may not be possible to meet?”

2. Help us continue the long-term fight to protect SNAP and other federal assistance programs by donating as much as you can afford to Hunger Free America.

 

We thank you in advance for aiding in this fight.

Sincerely,

Joel Berg
CEO
Hunger Free America