• Elizabeth Gilkey

Proposed Rule on SNAP

Updated: Mar 4, 2019

Hunger is a serious health issue and SNAP reduces food insecurity in this country by 20-30%. Research shows that food insecurity results in approximately $77.5 billion in excess medical care. However, SNAP participation reduces healthcare per person by approximately $1,400 per year. SNAP participation results in fewer complications with pregnancy, decreased hospitalization due to diabetes, lower child asthma visits to the hospital, and reduces medication non-adherence (meaning people don't have the make the choice between food and medicine).


On February 1, USDA published a Proposed Rule on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents RIN 0584-ae57.


That rule would make changes to SNAP that Congress specifically declined to make in the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill. The proposed changes would decrease state flexibility, harm local economies, and increase hunger.


Please feel free to research the proposed changes, however here are the estimated impacts:

  • The proposed rule would eliminate SNAP eligibility for 755,000 low-income adults and over 10 years, taking away $15 billion in SNAP food benefits. This is the equivalent of more than 8.5 BILLION meals taken from the plates of individuals.

  • The impact would be dramatic and costly--people don't get better jobs just because you stop giving them food. Instead, the result is an increase in medical issues such as diabetes, emergency room visits, and overall medical costs --some $77.5 billion in excess medical care. 

  • For every 1 meal Feeding America Provides, SNAP provides 12. Food banks can not possibly pick up the deficit caused by this bill.


Action Needed:

Please text "Comment" to 91990.

You will receive a link asking you to include a unique comment against this rule. You can make any kind of comment about why this rule will hurt rather than help and how essential it is that we feed those in need.


SNAP benefits average less than $1.40 per person per meal, and more than 90% of benefits are spent after only 3 weeks.

Please remember that most people want to work and taking food away from them will not help them secure better jobs. SNAP is the nation's first line of defense against hunger. It responds quickly and effectively to changes in need, whether due to local or national economic downturns or national disasters. As conditions improve, SNAP caseloads fall. In July 2018, SNAP helped put food on the table for nearly 39 million people, 1.9 million fewer people than the prior July. SNAP benefits are targeted to the most vulnerable: 84% of benefits go to households with a child, senior, or person with disabilities; and the average SNAP household has a gross monthly income of $814. Benefit inadequacy has serious consequences.


Congress must protect SNAP from harmful policy proposals to alter its structure or cut its funding, which would undermine its efficacy. For more information please go to Feeding America or the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC).

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