FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2019
Contact: Christina Dexter, 816.738.5402 [email protected]
Nevada, IA – A proposed rule to change the eligibility guidelines for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would erode food security in the United States, according to the Alliance to End Hunger. If the rule is implemented, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that 3.1 million hungry Americans would lose food assistance through SNAP, and more than 500,000 children from affected families would also lose automatic eligibility for free and reduced-price school meals.
Iowa Farmers Union (IFU) advocates policies that decrease hunger by improving access to safe, nutritious, and affordable food both locally and nationally. Because the rule would achieve just the opposite, IFU President Aaron Heley Lehman urges USDA to take action and protect this critical program.
“We fear this change will hit rural communities and vulnerable populations the hardest ,” said IFU President Aaron Heley Lehman. “We know last year, about one in nine families experienced food insecurity. Of those, 2.4 million rural households face hunger and 86% of the counties with the highest rates of child food insecurity are rural. Those statistics are high, but they are at their lowest level in over a decade-largely because of SNAP and other nutrition assistance programs. I implore this administration to consider the abounding evidence that the nutrition safety net works and reconsider this latest proposal. This action alone could leave thousands of Iowans incredibly vulnerable, including our most at-risk children. This is something we just can’t accept.”
About Iowa Farmers Union: Iowa Farmers Union is a grassroots member organization of family farmers and ranchers, advocates, and consumers committed to promoting family agriculture in Iowa. Since 1915, Iowa Farmers Union members have worked together to strengthen the independent family farm through education, legislation and cooperation and to provide Iowans with sustainable production, safe food, a clean environment and healthy communities.