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October 31, 2019
Protect SNAP Benefits for School Children
Last month, the  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) spoke out against a  proposed rule  from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would limit eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation's foremost anti-hunger program. While it was initially believed that up to 500,000 children would lose direct certification for free school meals as a result of this proposed rule, the Department of Agriculture recently released  information  that up to 982,000 children would no longer be directly certified for school meals. Because this data was left out of the Department's initial impact analysis of the proposed rule, the public comment period is once again open to allow input on this new information. 
Access to adequate food and nutrition is a universal right because healthy food is absolutely necessary to sustain human life. Please contact the USDA and urge the withdrawal of this rule.
Even if you submitted comments on September 23, when the first Action Alert was issued, please do so again today. All comments must be submitted before 11:00 pm, Friday, November 1.
To send your message, please go to the  USCCB Action Alert
Thank you for standing up for vulnerable children!