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Topic Update: Trump’s Administration Poverty Line Proposal Could Disqualify Schools From Providing Free Meals.

A third-grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M., in 2017. (Morgan Lee/AP)

       Critics, including Bobby Scott (D-Va.) chair of the House Education & Labor Committee fear this would pain millions of people, most importantly children who qualify for free lunch at school because their family is low-income. Under the proposed revisions, at least 3 million could lose SNAP benefits, in which includes $500,000 children who would lose access to free lunch at school.

Reference: Strauss, Valerie (2019, August 1). It’s a real shame about school lunch. Retrieved from The Washington Post

Trump Administration’s Poverty Line Proposal Would Cut Eligibility Benefits for Many Low-Income Households

         The new federal poverty line rule proposed by the Trump administration that would change how the federal poverty line is measured would cut billions of dollars from federal health programs and cause millions of people to lose their eligibility for, or receive less help from, these programs. In addition, a significant number of low-income households, primarily in working families, would lose eligibility for federal nutrition assistance programs including SNAP (food stamps); the WIC nutrition program for low-income women, infants and children; and free school meals.

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