The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on an agriculture bill that has some people fearing kids will go hungry. In 2008, Washington elected to use categorical eligibility, allowing a household of 3 with a monthly income of $2,743, to apply for SNAP because in a high-cost state like ours, policymakers realized that thousands of households were eligible for food assistance after paying for utilities, housing, child care and medical care - basic needs expenses that are part of the calculation for SNAP eligibility.
Federal food assistance programs - including SNAP, specifically - are entangled in the 2018 Farm Bill now being considered in the U.S. Congress. "They would be sanctioned, meaning that food stamp allocation would be reduced, but it would only be reduced for the adult, not for the children".
The bill must first pass through the House Rules Committee which will be considering some 100 amendments to the farm bill. While Feeding America's nationwide network of member food banks distributes more than four billion meals annually, our contribution to addressing hunger pales in comparison to the assistance made possible by the SNAP program.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, told WJBC's Scott Laughlin the job training requirement to get benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would help end the cycle of poverty for many families. "We need a farm bill that supports Washingtonians and strengthens SNAP, not weakens it".