Please read about the upcoming SNAP rule change, submit an official comment, and share with your network!
On October 3rd, 2019 the USDA proposed a new rule change that will limit states’ ability to determine how to calculate their standard utility allowance (SUA) for SNAP.
This proposed rule on SNAP Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances would cut program benefits by a total of $4.5 billion over five years.
If the rule is passed, it would:
- Exacerbate the challenges low-income people already experience paying for food and utilities.
- Have harmful impacts on health + well-being and the economy.
- Cause at least 19 percent of SNAP households to get reduced or no SNAP monthly benefits.
- Disproportionately harm elderly people and people with disabilities.
Just as we have for other egregious proposals like this, we must raise our voices and protect access to SNAP as a critical anti-hunger program.
Be sure to modify the language in your comment so that it will be counted as unique. No copy and pasting, unfortunately.
Comment deadline: December 2, 2019
And while you’re at it, check out these SNAP advocacy social media graphics from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)!