On July 23, the Trump administration posted a notice for proposed rulemaking through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to “revise” Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the most recent attack on the nation’s largest anti-hunger program. This triggered a 60-day comment period which ends on September 23. By their own estimate, the USDA believes the proposed rule change would result in 3.1 million people losing critically-needed SNAP benefits, including free school meals for half a million children. NCJW submitted a comment opposing the proposed rule limiting access to SNAP, which currently serves more than 40 million Americans. Submit your own unique comment using NCJW’s template by 11:59 on September 23.
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RE: Notice of Proposed Rule Making — Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) RIN 0584-AE62
Dear SNAP Program Design Branch:
I am writing as a member of ________ NCJW Section with _______ members to strongly oppose the proposed rule that would most harm low-income women and their families, their communities, and the nation.
SNAP is the first line of defense against food insecurity for women, children, and families. Nearly one in nine US households experience food insecurity during the year. Indeed, SNAP serves a diverse group of women and families. In fact, in my state/city/community_______ [FILL IN INFORMATION about the constituencies that you serve, data from your state about hunger and who receives nutrition assistance, and anything else local or state-related to fill in here.]
SNAP is also a critical health intervention and support for low-income women and families as it is associated with decreased health care costs and improved mental and physical health. Research shows that food insecurity increases the risk of negative physical and mental health outcomes. And, children receiving SNAP are automatically eligible for free school meals, helping children succeed at school.
As a person of faith, I believe it is unjust and immoral for our country to allow people to go hungry. I urge you to withdraw this proposed rule, which will harm those struggling most and instead focus on increasing access to SNAP — a proven and effective program successfully serving millions of women, children, and family.