USDA Waiver Rule Change Proposal

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This new attack against SNAP is a clear attempt to circumvent the bipartisan congressional decision included in the Farm Bill, and it could not be more out of touch with the realities of struggling American workers.

Overview

On February 1st, the Trump Administration posted a notice for proposed rulemaking through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to restrict states’ flexibility to provide vital nutrition support to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families.

States currently have flexibility to waive harsh and arbitrary time limits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for communities that face high unemployment or insufficient jobs. USDA is trying to severely limit this critically important and common-sense flexibility that is utilized by the majority of states.

MAZON sees this move as an attempt to circumvent congressional intent as laid out in the recently-passed bipartisan Farm Bill reauthorization, and it completely ignores the realities of millions Americans. We are deeply concerned that this proposed rule change would severely impact veterans who often face unique challenges in securing full-time work, and may require more than three months to secure employment.

MAZON's Response

We developed materials to craft comments and spread the word including talking points about how the rule change proposal would impact veterans, Native Americans, college students, and people in rural and remote communities. Check out MAZON's full public comment to USDA opposing the proposal. See also our Faith Community Toolkit which includes sample comment, sign-on letter from national faith-based organizations, faith leader quotes, and social media posts.

Please contact Liza Lieberman at llieberman@mazon.org with any questions.

Downloadable Resources

Cover USDA Rule Change Talking Points
USDA Rule Change Talking Points (pdf)
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Infographic - Hunger Stats (pdf)
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Infographic - SNAP (pdf)