The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is critical to women’s economic security, health, and well-being. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, SNAP served more than 42.1 million people in nearly 20.8 million households on average each month. Women make up 63 percent of non-elderly adult SNAP recipients. Despite Congress just passing a bipartisan Farm Bill that protects SNAP, the Trump Administration proposed a rule that would take SNAP away from at least 755,000 unemployed and underemployed people.
NWLC submitted a comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) opposing this proposed rule. NWLC’s comment described significant barriers to finding stable jobs that meet SNAP’s weekly hourly requirements and how the proposed rule will likely have a disparate impact on low-income women, especially women of color, LGBTQ women, disabled women, and survivors. The comment also describes the harm the proposed rule would have on children, seniors, and the economy.