Proposed Rule Would Eliminate SNAP Benefits for Millions

09/23/2019 - The Academy opposes the administration's proposed rule that would eliminate access to SNAP benefits for 3.1 million people and jeopardize free school meals for 500,000 children. SNAP plays a critical role in addressing food insecurity and hunger. The Academy believes that access to enough food for an active, healthy life is a basic human need and fundamental right.

Eliminating access to SNAP puts these households at greater risk for food insecurity, which is tied to higher rates of chronic disease, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Children who are food insecure face an increased rate of developmental challenges, anxiety, depression and chronic disease.

Read the comments provided to the USDA.