The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that takes away states’ flexibility to provide benefits and jeopardizes food assistance for 755,000 Americans. The proposed rule would make it harder for them to get the nutrition they need to stay healthy, work, and support their families by restricting how states distribute Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
It also punishes workers who have irregular or seasonal work hours, who take longer to find a job and who cannot meet the requirements because of disability though they may not be receiving disability assistance.
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How you can help
Submit a comment in the form on this page, and Action NC will deliver it to the Department of Agriculture (note: comments will be public). A wave of comments will show that Americans oppose this unprecedented change and support providing food assistance to families and workers. Federal law requires that the government read and consider EVERY SINGLE unique comment before issuing a final rule.
You must submit a comment by April 1!
Not sure what to say? Here are a few facts to include:
- SNAP is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, reaching 42 million people nationwide, and 1.36 million in North Carolina last year.
- Almost 15% of NC households struggled to afford a nutritionally adequate diet.
- SNAP kept 338,000 people out of poverty in North Carolina, including 150,000 children, per year between 2009 and 2012, on average.
But most importantly, explain how these new rules will affect you, your family, your community, or others you love.