Federal Court Ruling Protects SNAP Access for 700,000 Americans

10/19/2020 - A federal judge struck down a U.S. Department of Agriculture final rule that would have limited states' ability to issue waivers and individual exemptions for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program work requirements in areas where there are few jobs or work training programs. This final rule would have impacted nearly 700,000 enrollees before the COVID-19 pandemic. The Academy supports this ruling and appreciates its critical timing given the high unemployment rate and increased food insecurity many Americans are facing during the national emergency.

The Academy opposed the proposed rule when it was first released in early 2019 and has advocated for its implementation to be delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic as states struggle to ensure access to healthy food for a growing number of food insecure individuals. The Academy believes this court ruling supports the bipartisan, bicameral effort of Congress in the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Academy is committed to improving the health of Americans by ensuring access to a nourishing, safe and affordable food supply. In order to attain food security, effective interventions are needed, along with adequate funding for, and increased utilization of, food and nutrition assistance programs, including SNAP.