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Friday, April 6, 2018

Act Now to Protect SNAP recipients. Comments by MONDAY, April 9

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If the government can give a huge tax break to the top 1%, then it must protect benefits for those most in need. 

You may know that SNAP is America’s largest and most effective food assistance program. 

But the Trump administration wants to weaken it. They’re considering a rule that would impose even stricter limits on the amount of time childless adults – i.e., adults not raising minor children – can receive SNAP benefits. These limits could result in an end to food assistance for hundreds of thousands of Americans. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the agency considering a new rule to make it harder for states to exempt these adults from a stringent time limit – only three months of benefits in three years – if they cannot show they are working enough hours. It is accepting comments from the public for four more days – the deadline for submitting comments is Monday, April 9. 

With the help of our friends over at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Feeding America, and the Food Research & Action Center, we’ve put together a page on our website tailored to help you take action. This page contains very simple and straightforward instructions for submitting your comments to the USDA. You’ll find a variety of template texts you can personalize. It’s easy - and very much needed. 

As recently as 2016, SNAP lifted 3.6 million Americans out of poverty. We need to tell the Trump administration, and those who won’t stand up to him, that food assistance matters. There’s no place for hunger in our America.

Please. Take action now. 

Thank you for all that you do.

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