Monday, April 8, 2019

I’m Disabled. The Trump Administration’s New Rule Could Take My SNAP Anyway.

By Lindsey O’Connell, a disability advocate in Boston.

The story is about Nancy McKeil 

Last month, the Trump administration introduced a new rule to cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The rule is geared towards so-called “able-bodied adults without dependents” who are unable to document 20 hours of work a week...People with disabilities are supposed to be spared from the cuts. But in practice, many people with serious health conditions will be at risk of losing food assistance, because SNAP uses other government programs with an extremely limited definition of disability as proxies for disability status. So, I’m on the chopping block.  Ready Nancy McKeil's story here 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Attorneys General Sue Trump Administration Over School Nutrition Rollbacks - Pennsylvania Needs to Join this Effort!!

Allison Aubrey, NPR, April 4
 A coalition of state attorneys general is suing the Trump administration for weakening the federal nutrition standards for school meals that are fed to about 30 million children across the country. Read the story here

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Promoting Access to the Earned Income Tax Credit

Laura Capps, Working Hero Action, posted on 
From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) plays a key role in lifting low-income and working-class families out of poverty – yet those who stand to benefit the most from this credit often do not know it exists or are unsure how to file for it. Earlier this year, entrepreneur and investor Joe Sanberg announced the launch of Working Hero Action, an expansion of the CalEITC4Me campaign started in California, which is dedicated to promoting awareness and access to the Earned Income Tax Credit. Working Hero Action now has a robust operation in South Carolina and Iowa, with other states to follow. We spoke with Laura Capps, co-founder of Working Hero Action, to talk about this work and how the organization works to fight poverty and promote opportunity. The conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Find the interview here

Fact Sheet on SNAP usage by Pennsylvania seniors

This was one piece of information shared on April 3 during a webinar on assuring access to SNAP for senior citizens.  The webinar was co-hosted by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and the AARP Foundation. More information on this topic to follow.

Fact sheets are available for all states.  Here is Pennsylvania's

Monday, April 1, 2019

Food Banks Warn They Will Not Be Able to Meet Demand If Food Stamp Cuts Take Effect

by  Jessica Allred, Talk Poverty
On the heels of the thirty-two-day government shutdown, a proposed administrative rule change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) once again threatens food access for people who rely on the program for basic needs — this time for an estimated 755,000 people.
For households that qualify for SNAP, February, the shortest month of the year, was a long one. During government shutdown, 40 million Americans who participate in the program experienced as many as 60 days between the issuance of their February and March SNAP benefits. The shortages in household budgets meant that food banks across the country were inundated.
“355 households on February 19,” says Kelli Hess, operations director for the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center in Missoula, Montana. Hess notes that historically, February is a slower month for the pantry — families are receiving tax returns, and the short month means SNAP benefits don’t have to stretch as far. Prior to February 19, the local food pantry’s busiest day had served 240 families. “It was absolutely fallout from the shutdown. People can’t survive without paychecks. And they can’t survive without SNAP. Which is why this proposed rule change is so scary.” Read the whole article here:

Monday, March 25, 2019

Trump’s Effort to Cut SNAP by Fiat Would Kill 178,000 Jobs Over the Next Decade

By Rachel West and Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress 
President Donald Trump’s latest budget blueprint is out, and it again calls for eviscerating nearly every program that helps families afford the basics, including cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the United States’ largest food assistance program, which helps nearly 39 million people get enough to eat—by a staggering $220 billion, literally shrinking the program by one-third. While presidential budgets are often considered dead on arrival, since they do not themselves become law, one particular proposed cut to SNAP poses an immediate and dangerous threat, given that Trump is trying to sidestep Congress to enact it by fiat. Read the full article here:

Thursday, March 7, 2019

More Important Exposure about Threats to General Assistance

From the IndivisiBlog, Indivisible Berks

A Neighbor in Need - March 4

We urge you to call your state reps to ask them to protect a monthly cash assistance program called General Assistance. We aren't throwing this out there to you without a little history and a more in-depth explanation of what the program entails. So here you go!