On Tuesday, July 23, the Trump Administration issued another proposed rule that would take the nation’s largest food assistance program away from 3 million people by making them ineligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register and there is a 60-day public comment period. All comments must be received by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service on or before September 23.

The proposed rule will particularly harm working families with children whose net incomes are below the poverty line, and families and seniors with even a small amount of savings. SNAP helps millions of Americans make ends meet. SNAP is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger for low-income people. The Trump administration should be building on the successes of this extensive evidence that SNAP is critical to the well-being of low-income populations including children. Weakening SNAP only weakens our country.

CWLA is monitoring this issue and will follow up with information as they develop; in the meantime, our national partners, the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) has released a statement and created a comment platform where individuals and organizations can submit comments.