1. Event
  2. Economic Justice

Interfaith Webinar to Protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

By Amelia Kegan, February 14, 2019

On Feb. 1, the Trump Administration posted a notice for proposed rulemaking through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to restrict states' flexibility to provide vital nutrition support to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families. This triggered a 60-day public comment period which ends on April 2.

This new attack against the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is an attempt to circumvent congressional intent as laid out in the recently-passed bipartisan Farm Bill reauthorization, and it could not be more out of touch with the reality of struggling American workers.

The recent 35-day government shutdown revealed the economic vulnerability of middle-class Americans and the vital importance of a federal nutrition safety net. In recent weeks, thousands of federal workers turned to the charitable food sector to meet their basic needs. Despite dozens of food pantries springing up, thousands of hard-working Americans still could not put food on the table. The charitable food sector is in no way equipped to respond to the scope of food insecurity in America—and the shutdown only highlights the critical need for SNAP.

On Wednesday, February 20 at 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, Diane Randall will join interfaith leaders for a special for a webinar on how to submit comments to USDA on this critically important issue.

We will discuss the harmful effects of this proposed policy, the moral and policy arguments for protecting SNAP, and provide guidance on how to submit comments to USDA during the 60-day comment period. Register to join.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.