Many women, children, and families receive food assistance through U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) programs that can fund religious organizations. UDSA proposed a rule that will create barriers for marginalized populations like women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, and nonreligious people who seek to use USDA-funded food assistance. This proposed rule puts the interests of taxpayer-funded religious entities ahead of the needs of women, children, and families seeking critical services.
NWLC submitted a comment to UDSA opposing this proposed rule. NWLC’s comment described the importance of seamless access to food assistance so women can put food on the table for their families. The comment also argues that USDA failed to provide sufficient justifications for the proposed significant reversal of previous policy, which included many safeguards for beneficiaries.