The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that they plan to restrict food assistance for individuals who are looking for work or working part-time. Currently, unemployed and underemployed adults without children are limited to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for three months out of every three year period unless they can document at least 20 hours of work each week. States have the option to waive this time limit in areas with an elevated unemployment rate or lack of sufficient jobs.
A new proposed rule by the USDA would restrict the ability of states to waive the three-month time limit. By the USDA’s own estimates, the proposal would eliminate SNAP benefits for 755,000 adults and result in a loss of 8.5 billion meals over ten years.
We need your help: Tell the USDA that harsher time limits on SNAP will only lead to more hungry people in Northeast Ohio and across the country. The USDA must read and answer every unique comment they receive on this proposed change, so make sure to add your thoughts!