TAKE ACTION: How Might Categorical Eligibility Revisions Impact Your Program?



On July 24, 2019, USDA published a Proposed Rule to revise categorical eligibility regulations, proposing to limit the TANF-funded benefits that may convey categorical eligibility for school meals. The revisions would end SNAP enrollment for an estimated 1.7 million households and as a result, end direct certification for free meals for any students living in these households. SNA is very concerned about any rule change that could potentially limit children’s access to healthy school meals, which are proven to support academic success, obesity prevention and overall student health. Because of the nature of TANF implementation, the impact of this revision could vary widely between states. SNA wants to know, how might this Proposed Rule impact your program’s direct certification, participation, and/or revenue?


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