Minnesota Hunger-relief Partners Issue Statement on Proposed Cuts to SNAP

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July 23, 2019 By: Tina Mortimer Category: SHH News

The Trump administration wants to tighten the rules governing who qualifies for food assistance, which could end up stripping more than 3 million people, including countless Minnesotans, of much-needed food assistance benefits. The  new rule looks to end automatic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) eligibility for people with slightly higher incomes who receive  federal and state aid. Currently, 43 U.S. states, including Minnesota, allow residents to automatically become eligible for food assistance through SNAP if they already receive federal and state aid.

Hunger-relief leaders in the community, including Channel One, Great Plains Food BankHunger Solutions, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, The Food Group and Second Harvest Heartland believe changes to SNAP disproportionately impact low-income working families, older Americans, people with disabilities and children, who could lose direct access to free school meals. 

1 in 11 people in our community, including Ann, Nika, Tim and Elena, need SNAP to feed their families and make ends meet! Preserving SNAP for the folks in need now—as well as those who might rely on it in the future—is critical and ultimately allows all of us a healthier local economy.

The Trump administration has argued that many Americans now using SNAP do not need it given the strong economy and low unemployment. However, that’s simply not true. While the economy may be strengthening, many Americans are still unemployed or underemployed and living paycheck to paycheck. These families are just one health scare or major home repair away from going hungry—because food is often the first thing to go when other bills need to be paid, leaving children at risk. These people are not strangers to us. They are our friends, coworkers, neighbors and classmates.

You can read the joint statement here. You can learn more about SNAP and how we help here.

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