Food Stamps, Hunger, and How Nutrition Assistance Works
Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose free food stamps
Trump administration’s new policies cut support program for the poorest
The Trump administration has said it will be harder for the United States to maintain its food stamp program, which is projected to end these benefits for nearly 700,000 Americans..
President Donald Trump has argued that many U.S. citizens receiving food stamp benefits through a program known as SNAP no longer need it given the strong economy and low unemployment. Program Provides Free Meals to 36 Million Americans.
The presidential administration is now finalizing a rule that tightens guidelines on when and where states can change restrictions on how long certain residents can receive benefits. According to USDA Sonny Purdue, the changes will lead to more jobs in the workplace. «able-bodied» adults.
«States are seeking to ditch their large populations, and millions of people who can work continue to receive SNAP benefits», – he told reporters.
According to current regulations, able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 49 without dependents can receive three-month food stamps over a three-year period if they do not meet the 20-hour workday requirement. But states with high unemployment rates or an apparent lack of jobs can move away from these time constraints..
The new rule imposes stricter criteria that states must meet in order to waive restrictions. According to the plan, states can only qualify for waiver if the city or county unemployment rate is 6% or higher. Cancellations will be valid for one year and will require the Governor to uphold the request.
However, according to the US Department of Agriculture, which runs SNAP, counties with an unemployment rate of only 2.5% were included in the waiver.
The unemployment rate in the United States as a whole in October amounted to 3.6%.
«We need everyone who can work to work», said Purdue.
But critics say these moves will hurt poor Americans.
«This is an unacceptable escalation of the administration’s war with working families, and it comes at a time when too many are being forced to stretch already tight budgets to make ends meet.», – said U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge, a Democrat from Ohio.
The administration tried to tighten food stamp requirements without congressional approval after Congress blocked Trump’s efforts to pass new restrictions through a farm bill last year..
The latest rule will go into effect next year and will save the US government $ 5.5 billion over five years by removing about 688,000 people from food stamp recipients, said Brandon Lipps, Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture..
«For those affected, this will mean less nutritious food or no food», – said Cassie Ramos, political officer at the Center for Advocacy «Science in the public interest».
«The final rule will cause serious harm to individuals, communities and the nation, but will do nothing to improve the health and employment of the people affected by the rule», – he said.
«The Trump administration is driving the poor into hunger just as Christmas season approaches, Democratic leader Senator Chuck Schumer said Wednesday. – It’s heartless. It’s cruel».
Up to 3.7 million Americans could lose SNAP benefits, according to a study published last week by the Urban Institute, and that the change would cut off nearly 1 million children from free school lunch at reduced prices..
The public has submitted hundreds of thousands of negative comments to the Trump administration on the political proposal.