Update: Limits to SNAP Eligibility

On July 23, 2019, 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 would undermine that progress and increase food insecurity among low-income New Yorkers. This proposed rule, in addition to other efforts by the Administration to cut SNAP over the past year—including the Department of Homeland Security’s Public Charge Ruling and the USDA’s proposed rule on SNAP time limits for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents—amount to consistent threats to this vital program that so many of our neighbors rely on.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a comment against this proposed executive action. The comment period closed on September 23, 2019.

The Administration is now reviewing all the comments, which will likely take months. In the meantime, 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.

We will continue to watch this issue, working closely with Feeding America and our anti-hunger partners across the city and country. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.