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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    CONTACT: Emily Hecker
Thursday, April 12, 2018                                                                                         202/371-1999

Work Requirements for SNAP ‘Will Increase,
Intensify Hunger in America’

Statement from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO and executive director of MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground organization of more than one million mothers and their families, on the proposal to implement stricter work requirements for SNAP recipients:
“House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway today introduced an ill-considered plan that will make it harder for hungry families to access the food they need. Conaway added a proposal to the 2018 Farm Bill to implement unnecessary, harmful and overly restrictive work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps families afford groceries when they’re going through hard times. This devastating plan would lead to millions of people losing access to the program, forcing them to make impossible decisions between paying their rent and feeding their kids.
“The premise behind these harmful new restrictions – that somehow people who use SNAP are lazy – is offensive and wrong. More than half of SNAP households have at least one working-age, non-disabled adult who works while receiving SNAP. Many of those who don’t work are ill, attending school, trying to escape an abusive relationship, or they have caregiving needs or responsibilities that prevent them from staying in the workforce. This plan is a direct attack on women, who still perform most family caregiving.
“There is no evidence that Congress will make a sufficient investment in childcare, job training, transportation, housing and other supports that are essential to helping people enter or re-enter the workforce. Common sense says that taking food assistance away from struggling households will exacerbate their hardship and increase and intensify hunger in America. SNAP is a lifesaver for families in need, and it saves funds in the long run by providing vital nutrition assistance to moms, kids and families. Work requirements won’t strengthen families or boost our economy – they will only leave hungry children and families to get hungrier.
“This proposal comes right on the heels of the GOP’s abominable tax scam, which will line the pockets of the rich while jeopardizing the programs working families rely on for their food, health care and housing. It’s time for Congress and the Trump administration to stop attacking working families, and instead focus on policies that would actually help create jobs, boost wages and protect families. That’s what our country needs.”

#   #   #   # is an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families, including criminal justice reform, immigration policy reform, and gun safety. MomsRising is working for paid family and medical leave, affordable, high quality childcare and early learning, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes women — particularly moms and women of color — and so many others. MomsRising advocates for access to healthy food for all kids, health care for all, earned sick days, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. MomsRising maintains a Spanish language website: Mamá Sign up online at — and follow us on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.