The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) calls on individuals and organizations to speak out against proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps). Read the call for action for more details and fight back against this attack on struggling families.
Food assistance is under attack—again. And whether on behalf of an organization or as an individual, we need your voice to fight back. If the Trump Administration has its way, 755,000 very poor people could lose SNAP benefits. These are working-age people without dependents. Under current law, these individuals are subject to the harsh time limit of only three months of assistance every three years if they cannot document enough work hours. But state governments can waive this time limit for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, popularly known as food stamps) if unemployment is high in parts or all of the state. In fact, every state but Delaware has asked for a version of these waivers over the past twenty years.
But the Trump Administration has been fighting to make it harder for states to give struggling workers a break. Congress doesn’t agree: it just passed a farm bill rejecting the harsher time limit and the President signed it. Now the Administration is trying to go around Congress by forcing these rigid time limits through a rule change, circumventing Congress altogether. But they cannot implement their proposed rule without first taking into account the public comments the law requires it to seek.
That’s why we need your help. The Coalition on Human Needs’ members at the Center for American Progress, Feeding America, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and FRAC have each created sample comments against this unfair rule change. Your comment, either on behalf of your organization or as an individual, can make a big difference. The government is compelled to take every unique comment under consideration when assessing a rule change like this; the more comments, the more roadblocks to slow or stop harmful changes. (Note: “unique” is understood to mean that about 30 percent of the comment’s text is different from other submissions.) Furthermore, judges deciding cases challenging such rule changes can refer to these comments in their own rulings.
Here’s how to take action:
1. Commenting on behalf of an organization:
Specific templates for organizations that have a focus on children, health or a faith perspective are on the campaign page: http://bit.ly/SNAPRuleCampaign.
You can find a template from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for health groups here.
Here is some information about who would be affected that you can use for your comment: https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/snap/nondisabled-adults.pdf
You can also upload or cut and paste your comments into the online submission tool here. Or, if you prefer, you can mail comments to: Certification Policy Branch, Program Development Division, FNS, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.
Remember, comments are counted individually. So, please don’t do a sign-on.
In addition to the organizational comments, it is vital that we generate a significant volume of comments in opposition to the rule. If you don’t represent an organization, you can comment as an individual. Use the comment in one of these two platforms and then add your own take to make it unique. You can talk about how everyone deserves to be free from hunger; you can tell a personal story about how benefits like SNAP have positively impacted you or someone you know; or write about any other reason that resonates for you personally.
Feeding America: Use the comment platform at http://bit.ly/FASNAPComments
Or use the Center for American Progress comment platform at handsoffsnap.org
Let’s get to commenting!
The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition’s members include civil rights, religious, labor, and professional organizations, service providers and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.