USDA Announces Cuts to SNAP
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THE QUICK FACTS
- On Wednesday, December 4th, the US Department of Agriculture announced a final rule that is projected to remove access to food stamps for 688,000 people.
- The rule limits the economic conditions under which states and counties can apply for waivers from work requirements. States and counties obtain waivers when unemployment is particularly high and issue them to their residents. The new rule raises the unemployment rate floor to 6%, among other things.
- The Trump administration's USDA has also proposed changing who qualifies for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
- About 40 million Americans received assistance through SNAP in 2018, down from 42 million the previous year. 9.2% of American households received assistance through SNAP in 2017, including 16.7% of American children. (https://econofact.org/snap-benefits-and-the-government-shutdown)
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