USDA Proposes Another Rule Change to Cut SNAP/CalFresh


Last week, USDA issued another proposed new rule that would cut SNAP/CalFresh. This is the the Trump administration's third proposal to cut SNAP this year alone, not counting the newly finalized (but not yet implemented) rule expanding the scope of "public charge."

If enacted, USDA estimates the newly proposed rule would cut SNAP funding by $4.5 billion over five years.

“It is unconscionable that for the third time this year, the Trump administration is proposing to cut vital food assistance for low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities,” said Jared Call of California Food Policy Advocates. “In the wealthiest country in the world, no one should have to go hungry or face the impossible choice between feeding their family and keeping their electricity on and home heated. CFPA and our anti-hunger partners are committed to working together to prevent cuts to SNAP and to insist that our national policy makers renew their commitment to end hunger and food insecurity.”

Read our California partners' join statement opposing the new rule here.

CFPA would like to thank our partners, supporters, and other stakeholders who also submitted comments opposing the previously proposed rules. The previous two proposed administrative changes received a combined 200,000 comments from food banks, policy advocates, legal services, faith based organizations, unions, business leaders and government officials from across the country. The final rules for those proposals remain pending. CFPA and our partners expect a similarly robust response to this harmful proposal and will continue to fight to prevent hunger and protect the rights of low-income Californians.

Please stay tuned for more updates from CFPA on how you can help protect food assistance for low-income Californians in the face of ongoing attacks from the federal administration.

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Questions? Contact: Jared Call at 323.401.4972