Proposed SNAP Change Would Exacerbate Childhood Hunger
Lisa Davis, Share Our Strength, posted on
One of our core values as a nation is the belief in opportunity – that every child has the chance to succeed and to achieve their dreams. But our kids can’t be hungry to learn when they’re just plain hungry.
When kids aren’t getting the nutrition they need to grow up healthy and strong, it exacerbates all other problems they face – diminishing their academic performance, mental and physical health and development and dimming opportunities to escape the cycle of poverty.
Unfortunately, the Administration’s recent proposed rule to roll back a policy known as Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) is a huge step back in the fight to end childhood hunger.
An estimated 3 million people – the majority of whom are low-income parents, seniors and people with disabilities – would lose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits under this rule. In addition, more than 500,000 kids could lose free school meals, hitting them with the double whammy of lost meals at home and at school.