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Act Now on the ABAWD Rule

Action Needed: Submit your comment in opposition to the newly proposed ABAWD Rule to USDA by April 2nd, 2019

The Administration has proposed a new rule to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would limit food benefits for unemployed and underemployed people who are unable to document enough weekly work hours. Under this new rule, 755,000 low income individuals across the nation would lose SNAP eligibility after three months including 9,745 low income Alaskans. This new rule is not only harsh and unfair but would:

  • Be detrimental to both rural and urban Alaskan communities 
  • Fuel rates of hunger and poverty by denying vulnerable Alaskans nutrition assistance at a time when it is most needed
  • Do nothing to improve the heath and employment rates in Alaska or across the nation
  • Harm the state economy, local grocery retailers, and agricultural producers by reducing the amount of SNAP dollars available to spur local economic activity
  • Sidestep Congress, which rejected these changes when it enacted the 2018 Farm Bill

Click here to read more about the ABAWD rule released by the Administration: http://bit.ly/ABAWDinformation

We need your help in telling the United States Department of Agriculture that punishing Americans looking for jobs by imposing stricter rules on the largest food assistance program will only result in more hungry people in our country. Americans working hard to find a job shouldn’t also have to worry about looking for their next meal.

Help us stop this attack on SNAP by submitting a personal comment in opposition of the proposed ABAWD rule to the USDA by April 2nd. When you are finished writing your letter, submit it here: http://bit.ly/ACTonABAWD
 

 

 

Sample Letter:

(Month)/(Day)/2019

My name is ________ and I am an anti-hunger advocate in Alaska. I want to take this opportunity to comment in opposition to the USDA proposed rule making on SNAP requirements and services for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD). This proposed rule would cause serious harm to Alaskans who depend on SNAP and impose unprecedented administrative barriers that could hinder individuals' access to food accessiblity.

(Input paragraph about how hunger in Alaska affects you, your community, or your organization; describe your organization and mission; tell your personal story about relying on SNAP, etc.) ____________________________________________. _______________________.

Currently, the state of Alaska has some of the highest rates of unemployment in the country. The proposed rule would make it harder for Alaskan communities to qualify for waivers exempting them from the harsh time limit. Alaska has some unique considerations, and many areas of the state have both high unemployment rates and a lack of jobs. Additionally, our state fiscal crisis would make it extremely difficult to quickly develop a meaningful employment and training program across our large state. We should not make the existing harsh rules even worse by taking away state flexibility or exposing more people to time-limited benefits. Increasing the ability of USDA to deny state waivers for easing SNAP time limits and expanding the people these strict rules apply to will only increase the number of people facing hunger in this country.

[Add any examples or details about how these proposals would affect you, your community, or a region in your state.]

The Administration’s proposed rule seeks to end run Congress, which just concluded a review and re-authorization of SNAP in the 2018 Farm Bill and did not make the changes proposed.The rules governing areas’ eligibility for waivers and individual exemptions have been in place for nearly 20 years.In that time, the waiver rules have proven to be reasonable, transparent, and manageable for states to operationalize.

[I/We] strongly oppose the proposed rule that would expose even more people to the arbitrary SNAP food cutoff policy and harm our community.

Sincerely,

Xxxx