More than 500,000 children can lose free school meals through President Trump's proposal, which will also reduce food stamps to more than three million
- More than 500,000 children can lose school meals for free under a new proposal
- The government also plans to stop the benefits for up to 3.1 million people
- Free meals are intended for children in & # 39; high poverty communities & # 39;
- The US Department of Agriculture hopes that it will close loopholes and save money
- Representative Bobby Scott asked for further clarification of the impact
- Home speaker Nancy Pelosi called it & # 39; shocking insensitivity & # 39;
More than 500,000 children can lose access to free school meals according to a new proposal from the Trump administration.
The policy would rid children of their automatic ability to participate in the food aid program, which is granted by individual states based on locally established criteria.
The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) from the US Department of Agriculture will also reduce the benefits of food stamping to 3.1 million recipients.
Representative Robert & # 39; Bobby & # 39; Scott from Virginia called on agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue in a letter for hitting & # 39; students in poor communities & # 39 ;.
He also demanded to know the exact number of children to be affected, arguing that the figure should have been in the proposal.
No less than 500,000 children were able to lose free school meals last week as part of the proposal
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue (left) has been asked to justify reducing free school meals to 500,000, with representative Bobby Scott (right) demanding data to indicate the positive impact of this measure
Scott wrote: & # 39; The effect on school meal suitability is an important technical finding that should be made public so that stakeholders have the opportunity to comment on all aspects of the rule's impact, & # 39;
The proposed rule that is supported by the Trump administration is designed to & # 39; meshes & # 39; to close and save money.
& # 39; Extending categorical eligibility to participants who have not been screened for eligibility, damages program integrity and reduces public confidence that benefits are provided to eligible households & # 39 ;, was the rule.
& # 39; This loophole has been used for too long to bypass important eligibility guidelines. All too often, states have abused this flexibility without restraint & # 39 ;, Perdue said in a statement last week, USA today reported.
Democrat speaker Nancy Pelosi has proclaimed the proposal as & # 39; staggering insensitivity & # 39; and believes it would save only $ 1.79 per dollar in a written statement
House speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the act as & # 39; cruel and counterproductive & # 39; in a statement and said it would only yield & # 39; $ 1.79 for every dollar of benefits & # 39 ;.
Pelosi wrote: & # 39; The newest act of shocking insensitivity would steal food from the table of working families and hungry children and dismantle proven poverty paths for millions. & # 39;
She added that it showed that the Republican party has a & # 39; cynical special interest agenda & # 39; had and criticized them for giving & # 39; billion dollar awards to large corporations and the rich & # 39;
Pelosi added that it then steals & # 39; from children, veterans, seniors, and working families to make a difference & # 39 ;.
Currently, the benefits for free school meals are certified by individual schools, based on the Determination of Community eligibility, which uses information from SNAP.
The proposed changes could, according to them, the & # 39; broad categorical suitability & # 39; Reduce CNN, which can make it easier for higher-income parents to participate in the program.
About 38 million Americans currently receive food stamps.
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