Letters and Correspondences
Updated Model Comment: On Proposed Changes to Categorical Eligibility in SNAP
Rachel Merker (Former Staff)Nutrition
A proposed rule would essentially eliminate Broad Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE), a state option that allows states to streamline SNAP eligibility for families who are receiving a noncash benefit funded through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Along with cutting red tape so that families do not have complete duplicative application processes for multiple benefit programs, BBCE allows states to waive counterproductive asset limits for SNAP eligibility and relax income thresholds so that low-income families do not face a benefit cliff when their earnings exceed 130 percent (but no more than 200 percent) of the federal poverty line.
To learn more about the importance of BBCE for children, you can visit this fact sheet by First Focus on Children.
USDA has reopened the comment period to account for its updated analysis with respect to the impact on school meals. You can customize the template below to create a unique comment emphasizing the harm this rule will have on children and their families. Comments must be submitted here by November 1, 2019.