Act now to fight change to SNAP threatening to push thousands into hunger
This month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new rule that could hurt approximately 90,000 Coloradans annually, including families with kids, who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help put food on the table.
The rule, which was announced just last week, will make it harder for states to automatically enroll people in SNAP who qualify for certain other benefits, but who would otherwise be ineligible because they earn slightly too much income to qualify under federal SNAP guidelines—a policy known as “broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE).”
This is a big problem for children in households that receive SNAP, because they are automatically eligible for free school meals without having to complete a separate application, a process known as direct certification. Without BBCE, children whose families lose SNAP when their incomes rise above the program threshold would also lose this automatic link to free school meals.
We know that BBCE is highly effective because it supports working families and mitigates the impacts of the cliff effect when families make too much to qualify for programs. The BBCE process also simplifies SNAP administration and reduces the complexity of the SNAP application process for states and households that qualify. Join us in opposing this harmful proposed rule!
ACT NOW: The federal government must review public comments on this proposal. Please submit a comment to voice your opposition. We ask that you modify the language in the template comment to reflect your own thoughts, because the federal government only needs to respond to unique comments.
The administration is requesting comments on the proposal until Sept. 23. Here is how you can speak up for children and families:
- Step 1: Use the template comments available hereto create your comments.
- Step 2: Click hereto submit your comments.
- Step 3: Enter your information and complete the form, then click “Submit Comment.”
Spread the word on social media — especially during the tweet storm next Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern. We’ll be using #HandsOffSNAP and #ProtectSNAP on social media. Join the tweet storm next Wednesday to help us make those hashtags trend!
Read more about the proposed rule from our national partners at the Food Research Action Center (FRAC). If you have any questions about this issue or would like support in submitting comments, please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.