Act Now: Limits to SNAP Eligibility

On July 23, the Administration announced a proposed rule to restrict eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the cornerstone of our nation’s nutrition assistance safety net, which is critical in helping low-income individuals and families get the food and nutrition they need.

This change would cut SNAP benefits for 3 million people across the country. In New York City, about 1.6 million people depend on SNAP, and under this proposed rule, tens of thousands may potentially lose their benefits.

Last year, we joined our anti-hunger partners in New York City and across the country to advocate for a strong Farm Bill, and we were heartened that legislation was passed in December 2018 to protect SNAP by maintaining eligibility standards. We are dismayed that this new executive action—following other damaging actions this year on Public Charge and Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents—would undermine that progress and increase food insecurity among low-income New Yorkers.

We ask you to join City Harvest and urge the Administration to withdraw this harmful proposal.

The rule is open to public comment through September 23. Stand with us and Feeding America to advocate for our neighbors in need. Take action and submit a comment. It is critical to add your personal thoughts on how this policy impacts your community, as doing so ensures that the Administration reads and considers the comment.

If you are currently enrolled in SNAP or would like to enroll, please know that eligibility requirements remain unchanged right now. Enroll and get more information on SNAP.