Comment today on harmful ABAWD rule!! MA template & resources
Submitted by FoodSNAP on 03/14/2019 - 3:16pm.
Comment today! Tell the Trump Administration not to cut off SNAP for more childless adults - DEADLINE is April 2.
What is going on: Federal law already has a harsh SNAP time limit (3 months of SNAP in 3 years) for unemployed and underemployed adults without kids ("ABAWDs"). Now that Congress and the Administration passed a Farm Bill without cuts to SNAP, the Trump Administration is taking a back door route to try and cut off more childless adults. By USDA’s own estimates its proposal would eliminate SNAP for 755,000 adults and cut SNAP benefits on a ten year basis by $15 billion - including tens of thousands of ABAWDs here in Massachusetts.
We know punitive work rules don't help people get good, consistent jobs - they just keep food off the table.
What you can do:
1. Submit comments from your organization! Click here for a short template from MLRI! Just add your own text to the highlighted areas - including information about your organization, and any local context for why low income workers struggle in your area. The more unique your comment, the more impact it will have!
The template includes links to additional templates if you are interested in submitting comments with more detail. Please contact Vicky Negus with any questions or if you need help (firstname.lastname@example.org, 857 241 1715).
2. Encourage individuals to comment - including low income households, friends and family. Click here for FRAC's microsite for individual comments. We have also attached a postcard you can use, with space to enter your organization's information for folks to return the postcard to you (thanks to our friends in California for the model).
For more information about the current rule, the proposed changes, and what you can do to oppose it, listen to a recording of MLRI's webinar by clicking here.
Commenting is the single most important thing you can do to protect SNAP right now! The deadline is April 2!