SNA Submits Comment on School Meals Eligibility Under Proposed SNAP Rule

2019-11-04

On November 1, 2019, SNA submitted its comment letter on the Proposed Rule, Revision of Categorical Eligibility; Reopening of Comment Period. In the letter, SNA states that the informational analysis, Potential Impacts on Participants in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program is concerning. The analysis states that close to one million children will lose direct certification for free school meals, requiring a return to applications. This is a setback to the current data matching successes that have dramatically reduced the administrative burden and costs from outreach, paperwork and processing of applications. In addition, some of the impacted families will not realize that they need to apply for school meal assistance, resulting in students being denied a meal in the cafeteria and schools amassing unpaid meal debt.

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