Last month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) put out a public request for comments and suggestions on work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). USDA is specifically seeking comments on whether they should reconsider certain rules that dictate the current 3-month time-limit on Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs).
Currently, SNAP imposes a 3-month limit on most childless, unemployed and underemployed adults unless they are working 20 hours a week per federal law. Childless adults often turn to SNAP when they are no longer able to make ends meet, they lose a job, hours are cut or they have a low-wage job. These are most likely the same people we see coming into our partner agencies.
Second Harvest is monitoring the request and asking our supporters to submit their comments by April 9th. Here are three easy ways that you can submit your comment:
- Feeding America has an easy to use template if you’d like to use their standard format to comment. It’s available here: http://bit.ly/USDACuts
- Individualizing your message about SNAP work requirements will provide greater impact to USDA. You can do so here if you have the time: http://bit.ly/USDAworkreqs
- If you would like to put pen to paper, USDA is accepting mailed responses to the following address: SNAP Program Development Division, Food and Nutrition Services, USDA 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 812 Alexandria, VA 22301
Remember, the deadline for comment submission is April 9th.