Act Now to Say #HandsOffSNAP
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For many of us, that means spending time with family over a delicious meal. But for millions of people, access to basic, year-round nutritious meals is at risk!
Currently, the utility costs that families and individuals have are taken into consideration when their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are calculated. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a rule that would change that calculation to cut benefits. It would force people with disabilities and their families to choose between buying food or other necessities, such as housing, utilities, and medical expenses.
Why Does SNAP Matter to People With Disabilities?
SNAP plays a key role in reducing hunger and helping people with disabilities to maximize their health and participate in our communities. We know that all too often food insecurity and disability go together. The proposed rule would:
- Change the deduction for utility payments and cut benefits for people with high utility costs.
- Cut benefits for 19 percent of people on SNAP.
- Cause 8,000 people to lose SNAP benefits entirely.
The proposed rule would cut $4.5 billion in SNAP benefits and disproportionately impact people with disabilities.
There is still time to stop this rule. Fill in your information here and you will be brought to a page with draft comments that you can personalize and submit directly to USDA.