Chair: Sara Albert, email@example.com
To answer the needs of those facing hunger and food insecurity in our community, good public policy – federal, state and local – is crucial.
POLICY MATTERS Newsletter
The Public Policy Action Team publishes a regular public policy newsletter, POLICY MATTERS, that reports on current anti-hunger policy and legislation and provides opportunities for advocacy and engagement. If you would like to receive this newsletter, click here to subscribe.
The Public Policy Team has also been holding a series of policy roundtable discussions in different parts of Dallas County to provide community leaders with the information and legislative updates required to weigh in as policy decisions are being made that affect area residents.
TAKE ACTION: Oppose the Administration’s Proposed Revisions to SNAP that will Reduce Food Security for Thousands
On July 23rd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a proposed administrative regulation to revise the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) by effectively eliminating “broad-based categorical eligibility.”
The law that authorizes SNAP (the Farm Bill) sets specific income and asset standards to determine if an applicant is eligible for SNAP benefits. But, as an alternative, the law also permits states to confer “categorical eligibility” on households who have already been certified for other programs that verify an applicant’s income and assets (such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)), to determine SNAP eligibility. More than 40 states, including Texas, have adopted categorical eligibility for administration of SNAP.
Categorical eligibility gives states the flexibility to align their gross income and asset tests for SNAP with their standards for TANF and other assistance programs.
The proposed rule would end categorical eligibility and would curb states’ abilities to set state-specific standards for SNAP food assistance. USDA estimates that approximately 3.1 million SNAP participants would lose their food assistance.
Additionally, as SNAP enrollment is used to determine children’s participation in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, the proposed rule would impede approximately 500,000 school children nation-wide from receiving daily nutritious meals.
The public has a 60-day window to provide public comments to these proposed revisions to SNAP. The Administration is required to consider all public comments before issuing their final rule. You and your organizations can make your opposition heard. You have until September 23, 2019 to submit your comment. Let the Administration know how these revisions will harm the low-income, hard-working families you serve.
THANK YOU MAYOR JOHNSON!
An appreciative SHOUT-OUT to Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, who joined Mayors across the nation in signing on to a letter authored by The United States Conference of Mayors. The letter voices strong opposition to this proposed rule, recognizing it “will reduce improvements to the health of our residents, weaken nutrition programs, deteriorate advances to healthy food access, and spur declines in local and regional economies.”
ADD YOUR SIGNATURE TO THE COALITION’S PUBLIC COMMENT
The Coalition’s Public Policy Action Team will submit a public comment to oppose the rule. See the letter here: SNAP_CAT EL_ Sign on Letter_Final 9-3-19
If you would like to sign on to the Coalition’s letter, we will add your “signature” when we submit our letter to the USDA. To sign on, please send your authorization to Sara Albert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to indicate if your are signing in your individual capacity or on behalf of your organization (or both). If you are signing for your organization, please state that you are authorized to do so.
For learn more about this team, contact Sara Albert at email@example.com.