New ‘SNAP’ program rules

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For hundreds of thousands of people, food insecurity could become an everyday reality in the wake of a new policy change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as ‘SNAP.’

The Trump Administration is pushing a policy that would lead to people losing access to the program. Before, regulations allowed for states to waive an existing work requirement if the area’s unemployment rate is 20 percent higher than the national rate.

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Under the new rules, states can only waive that requirement in areas where the unemployment rate is above seven percent. It’s also been proposed to eliminate the states’ ability to set higher gross income and asset eligibility thresholds.

It’s believed these new rules will save the government $5.5 billion.

Salvation Army Major Anita Caldwell says losing this assistance will be detrimental to those who rely on the program. “We thank ‘SNAP’ for all they do, but if that assistance is lost, we’re going to have a great urgency for both the funding and for the food to help those in need.”

The new rule goes into effect April 1st.

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Victoria Bailey arrives on the Gulf Coast from Sylacauga “The Marble City” Alabama. Victoria is a two-time graduate of Troy University. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism and her Masters in Strategic Communication. Victoria started her journalism career in 2015 as a producer, for a CBS Affiliate, in Dothan Alabama. She then moved to WCBI News in Columbus Mississippi in 2016 where she worked as a reporter/anchor. Victoria loves traveling, cooking, and reading as well as spending time with her family, friends, and meeting new people.