Nonviolence . . . Human trafficking . . . Women . . . . The elderly . . . Immigrants' rights . . . Housing. . . Children . . . Prisoners' rights . . . Health care . . . World Hunger . . . Globalization, as it affects Latin America . . . Care of the earth . . . Seamless ethic of life

Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Tell the Administration:
Don't Take Food from kids and Families

Submit Your Comment Today!

Our faith clearly calls us to feed the hungry. Last year, we worked with Congress to reject cuts to SNAP, our nation's most important food assistance program. NETWORK members helped secure the passage of the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill, a rare bipartisan success in the 115th Congress. 
Now, food assistance is at risk--again. The Trump administration proposed a back-door rule change to implement another SNAP benefits cut, one previously rejected by Congress. Oppose this rule by submitting a public comment.
Currently, states can extend SNAP eligibility to low-income families with modest savings and working households if they also have significant expenses for shelter and child care. The new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal would eliminate this ability for states to broaden their SNAP eligibility. 
The USDA proposal would eliminate SNAP benefits for 3.1 million individuals, take free school meals away from the children in those families, and punish people with even meager savings. This USDA rulemaking is an attempt to side step Congress and is outside USDA's authority.
We need your help, once again, to prevent this rule from going into effect!
Public comments on the rule are due by September 23. We need to generate a lot of comments to demonstrate our serious opposition. I have written a sample comment for you to use, but it is important that you take the time to personalize your comment. Try to change or add at least 1/3 of the language so that your comment counts as a unique submission. Prompts for how to personalize your comment are included throughout the sample comment.
If you have any questions, feel free to email NETWORK.