Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s release of a new proposal to make it harder for people who are struggling to find steady work to use the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Sherry Tomasky, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Hungers Solutions New York issued the following statement:

“Just a week after Congress passed a strong, bipartisan farm bill that protects and strengthens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, the Trump administration has taken action to undermine it with harsh new rules that threaten to take away food assistance from thousands across New York.

“If implemented, the administration’s proposed rule would restrict our state’s ability to temporarily waive an existing three-month time-limit that applies to many adults, even in areas where jobs aren’t available or during periods of high unemployment. This proposed policy change would take food off the table for many New Yorkers who are looking for work or who work in low-paying jobs with inconsistent hours.

“Punishing workers who are struggling to find work by taking away their food assistance won’t help them find a better job or find work faster. We urge the Trump administration to respect the bipartisan legislative process that rejected these kinds of harsh changes to SNAP and resulted in a strong farm bill for New York and the country.”