SNAP is a federal program vital to The Food Group’s hunger relief work. The current administration has proposed stricter rules that could take this food assistance away from more than 3 million people, including countless Minnesotans who need it.
The new rule would stop people with slightly higher incomes from automatically becoming eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) when they receive federal and state aid.
This proposed change to SNAP would have devastating effects in our state. If enacted, the following people would be kicked off the program:
- 4,100 children with low-wage working parents in Minnesota
- 3,300 Minnesotans with disabilities
- 2,700 seniors in Minnesota
Charitable Food System Already Stretched Thin
The charitable food system in Minnesota is already stretched beyond its capacity. It’s operating at levels that were first reached during the height of the recession.
For every meal distributed for free to people with a low income, SNAP benefits cover 12. So, there’s no way the food shelves and meal programs we work with could pick up the slack.
This would also have detrimental effects to local grocers, individuals who no longer can afford nutritious food, and The Food Group’s food shelf partners who would be asked to make up the difference.
Thank you to our partners who, along with The Food Group Executive Director Lori Thorp, took a stand against the changes:
Sue Estee, Executive Director, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank
Virginia Merritt, Executive Director, Channel One Regional Food Bank
Colleen Moriarty, Executive Director, Hunger Solutions
Shaye Moris, Executive Director, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Allison O’Toole, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland
Melissa Sobolik, Great Plains Food Bank, Director of Ending Hunger 2.0
What You Can Do
Before the rule can be finalized, it must go through a 60-day comment period. Submit a comment and say how this would impact you, your neighbors, and the people you work with.
Let the USDA know the proposed rule would increase hunger and poverty in this country, especially for working families with children whose net incomes are below the poverty line, and families and seniors with even a small amount of savings who would be kicked off SNAP.
Our partners at Food Research & Action Center have put together an easy tool to submit comments.
Submit a comment here.