The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is at the core of our nation’s response to hunger. A new proposed rule threatens this critical program. Take action now to protect SNAP and preserve food access.
Feeding America, the national network of food banks, is collecting comments opposing this rule. Take action to show that you stand against hunger in our community.
What you can say in your comment
In order to be counted, all comments must be unique. Include your own words. Use these ideas as a starting point:
- The proposed rule will increase hunger among our most vulnerable neighbors.
- People who can work already do. This rule would punish those who face significant barriers to employment, such as homelessness, undiagnosed mental illness, long-term unemployment, criminal backgrounds, low educational attainment, or living in areas where there simply aren’t enough jobs.
- States need flexibility. Here in Illinois, almost every county receives a waiver to protect residents from hunger during challenging economic circumstances. Up to 414,000 people in our state could be affected by this rule. More than 35 other states and territories also request waivers.
- SNAP strengthens our economy. In addition to putting needed food on the table, SNAP benefits support local food retailers.
Why SNAP Matters
SNAP is the most effective anti-hunger program in the U.S., providing crucial support to more than 42 million Americans and nearly 1.9 million people in Illinois. Taking away SNAP from people who struggle to find employment is cruel and arbitrary. Read our blog post for more details on the proposed policy that threatens the future of SNAP.