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The Trump administration is trying to take food away from working families

Produced by Victoria Negus, Policy Advocate, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Created August 2019

USDA proposed a rule change that would deny SNAP to working families:

  • It would hurt families with gross income above 130% FPL, regardless of net income after shelter or child care costs.
  • It may also hurt some households with few assets.

Current Rules = $222 SNAP

Proposed rule = NO SNAP

Gross Income/month $2,700

Gross Income/month $2,700

FICA, Taxes, Transport $500

Rent $1,400

Childcare $500

Utilities $150

Phone $50

Diapers, Clothing $50


FICA, Taxes, Transport $500

Rent $1,400

Childcare $500

Utilities $150

Phone $50

Diapers, Clothing $50


Remaining Income = $50

SNAP $222

 SNAP = Free School Lunches

Remaining Income = $50

Must cover:

  • all food for the month and
  • reduced price school meals.

More Information

Income

130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for a household of 3 is $2,252/mo.
A single parent of 2 working about 40 hours/week - at $15.50/hour - earns about $2,700/mo.
This family would likely lose SNAP under USDA's proposed rule.

Shelter

The average fair market rent for an apartment is:
1 bedroom apartment in MA is $1,425/mo.
2 bedroom is $1,758/mo for. See: Massachusetts State Facts.

Child care

MA is the 2nd most expensive state in the country in infant care costs, at $17,062/year. See: The cost of child care in Massachusetts.

The proposed rule would create a "benefit cliff" for families who earn more than 130% FPL.

This rule would also make families, seniors, and people with disabilities choose between modest savings and SNAP. People would not be allowed to have both savings and SNAP.

Imposing an asset test would be a huge administrative burden on both low income households and state agencies administering SNAP.

 

Take action!

Listen to .... What Proposed Cuts To SNAP Would Mean For Those Who Rely On It

Send written comments opposing USDA's proposed rule by the deadline September 23, 2019.

Join MLRI and groups across the country in opposing cuts to SNAP!

Visit HandsOffSNAP.org

For more information and to take action, contact
Pat Baker: [email protected], 617 357 0700 x 328 or
Vicky Negus: [email protected], x 315

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