Oppose Barriers to Food Assistance

OFFICIAL DAILY ACTION FOR  Saturday March 10:

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The Agriculture Department is soliciting public comment on eliminating waivers of work requirements for SNAP (“food stamp”) recipients in high unemployment areas.  This is the first step toward imposing work requirements more broadly, and toward the drastic reductions in SNAP proposed in the Trump budget.

Work requirements punish people who are looking for work but cannot find it. Work requirements also do not account for the availability of qualified education and training programs, which many regions lack. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that under this proposal 600,000 to 700,000 poor unemployed individuals would no longer have access to food assistance in an average month. Tell the USDA that cutting SNAP benefits and imposing humiliating new requirements on SNAP recipients is unacceptable.

Action:  Comment on the USDA’s proposal to limit access to SNAP benefits

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/23/2018-03752/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-requirements-and-services-for-able-bodied-adults-

Sample Comments

“I am opposed to adding new work requirements to the SNAP program.  Efforts to impose work requirements to receive public benefits reflect a profound misunderstanding of the realities of low-wage jobs. Strong evidence shows that work requirements frequently lead to a loss of benefits, which only makes it harder to work. Further, there is little evidence that work requirements increase employment outcomes or reduce poverty. Finally, work requirements create an unnecessary burden for workers and state governments. Anti-hunger programs like SNAP are critical for our nation’s families and our economy alike.”

References

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/02/22/the-trump-administration-takes-its-first-big-step-toward-stricter-work-requirements-for-food-stamps/?utm_term=.c9023a5d3b14

https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/presidents-budget-would-cut-food-assistance-for-millions-and-radically

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Reminder: Recruit Students (18 and under) as March for Our Lives Volunteers

The student organizers of the Seattle March for Our Lives are looking for student volunteers to register voters at their 3/24 march.  They are hoping to recruit 75 volunteers age 18 or younger by March 12, (this Monday)! If you are a high school student, or if you know any high school students, sign up or encourage your high school friends/students/relations to sign up using the form below. When filling out the form, be sure to check the box saying that you are interested in helping with voter registration.

Sign-up form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfy4m9IsYSbMEQ3KGFdZnKY4jfEKvQuF22Rcdc-ySXwuW2HHQ/viewform

Read more about the march here: https://marchforourlives.com/

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