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Examining the USDA's Proposed Cuts to Free School Meals, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services of the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, October 16, 2019   [open pdf - 17MB]

This is the October 16, 2019 hearing on "Examining the USDA's Proposed Cuts to Free School Meals," held before the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services of the Committee on Education and Labor. From the opening statement of Suzanne Bonamici: "Today we will examine a Department of Agriculture proposal that will eliminate automatic access to free school meals for close to one million children and threaten their food security. On July 23, the USDA proposed a new rule that will restrict eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. On its own, the proposal will cut access to food assistance for about 3.1 million low income Americans, which will have significant consequences for individuals and families struggling to get by. In my home state of Oregon, about 16 percent of households will lose access to SNAP benefits as a result of this proposed rule. But as we will discuss today, the proposal will have additional consequences for low income children, many of whom count on school meals as their most consistent source of nutrition. Through a provision called categorical eligibility, children who are eligible for SNAP are automatically eligible for free school meals. According to the department's own analysis released late yesterday afternoon, its proposed changes to SNAP will cut automatic access to free school meals for close to one million children." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Brandon Lipps.

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Serial No. 116-43
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2021
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