The USDA is proposing a change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would result in a $4.5 billion cut to the program and disproportionately harm older adults and people with disabilities by causing them to lose access to vital food benefits.
Justice in Aging strongly opposes this rule change and submitted a letter to the USDA this week. Comments are due on December 2.
Submit your comments directly on the Federal Register website, or use the Food Research and Action Center’s portal, which includes templates and additional resources.
The proposed rule would change the way the USDA calculates state utility allowances that are used to set benefit levels, and would result in 19% of all SNAP households receiving a lower monthly benefit.
With over 10 million older adults facing the threat of hunger, this rule change would negatively impact the health and well-being of older adults who are already struggling. We’ll keep you updated on developments on this proposed rule.