SNAP Rule Proposal
When you work at a food bank, it’s pretty obvious just how important federal nutrition programs are – especially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is absolutely essential to fighting hunger, supporting the mission of the St. Louis Area Foodbank and our hundreds of community partners. Many of the people who receive food from us require SNAP to make it through the month. In fact, for every 1 meal the Foodbank is able to provide, SNAP provides 12.
That’s why we are so concerned by the USDA proposal to deny SNAP to people who are having trouble finding work. Under the proposed rule, able bodied adults without dependents are at risk of losing access to SNAP if they cannot find sufficient work within a 3 month window. If this proposal succeeds, food banks like ours won’t be able to fill the gap, and people will go hungry.
We have a short window of time – just two more weeks – to voice opposition to this plan, and we are hoping you will help. Will you join us in asking USDA to abandon the changes that will result in cuts to SNAP?
USDA must read and answer every unique comment they receive, so please make sure to add your own thoughts.
Nearly 15% of the of the population in the St. Louis Area Foodbank’s service area are food insecure. That amounts to more than 450,000 people in the bi-state region. With the unemployment rate as high as 6% in the Foodbank’s service area, adequate employment may be hard to come by.
Add your comment before it’s too late. Tell USDA: Imposing new requirements on people who can’t find sufficient work is the wrong course of action and willlead to more hungry people in the bi-state region and around the country.
Here at the St. Louis Area Foodbank, we aim to create a brighter future for everyone by empowering people with food and hope. Limiting access to SNAP can jeopardize this goal. Thank you for standing with us; we appreciate your support as we continue working to create a stronger, healthier bi-state region where no one goes to bed hungry.