Public comment: Stop new cuts to SNAP (Deadline Dec 2.)

Submit a public comment directly to the Food and Nutrition Service by Dec 2nd to stop new SNAP cuts.

The latest plan would cut benefits for 19 percent of households on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called food stamps, while increasing benefits for 16 percent. Almost 8,000 households would lose benefits entirely. Those cuts would be concentrated in cold northern states that would be most affected by a change in the way heating costs are calculated.

The number of families losing benefits is a tiny percentage of the nearly 40 million people who receive benefits, and even $4.5 billion over five years is a trim for a program that cost $68 billion in 2018 alone.

This is the third time the Trump administration has moved to cut food stamps, and undermine critical assistance for working families.

You can view the full text of the proposal here.

Public comments are being collected until Dec 2nd. Please send your comment to the Food and Nutrition Service.

Remember, unique, well-worded responses work! Federal agencies are required to address every public comment sent to them. In the best case, it will be enough to halt the policy change altogether. Sometimes, a flood of unique, well-written comments bogs down the process of the rule change long enough for it to be worthless to continue. At the very least, good responses can influence a judge’s view of the proposal.