State and federal policymakers are considering, or have already imposed, work requirements that would take away SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits or Medicaid coverage from people who are not working or engaged in work-related activities for a required number of hours each month. A large share of the people who would face work requirements are employed, but they also experience high levels of job displacement and unemployment, and their wages have grown little, as our analysis of the low-wage labor market shows. An understanding of the labor market that SNAP and Medicaid beneficiaries face makes clear that it will be difficult for many individuals and families to meet proposed work requirements. Depending on the details of the work requirements, it also may be quite administratively burdensome to monitor them. Read more. 

TAKE ACTION: Speak up for your hungry neighbors by April 10 (extended!). [h/t Off Kilter Show]

Write: A comment on the Federal Register.
Select from points below, but use your own words: Cut-and-paste comments are not counted.

  • The Agriculture Department has proposed new limits on states’ ability to waive work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, even when not enough jobs are available.
  • Last fall, Congress rejected this provision that would deny food to 755,000 people, many of whom work in low-wage, unstable occupations.
  • I want my tax dollars to assist my neighbors in need.
  • I support a robust SNAP program for adults because [share why you believe stricter time limits are harmful].
  • Cite SNAP strengths.
  • I oppose new SNAP rules that would increase hunger and poverty in communities across the nation.
  • State (not federal) government is best qualified to determine when local employment conditions warrant a change to work requirements.

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