An Important Message From The Arc Of Florida: Timing Update On Cuts

The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote again - as early as tomorrow - on a bill to cut off or reduce basic food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for roughly 2 million people across the nation.


SNAP is vitally important for people with disabilities and their families. We know that all too often food insecurity and disability go together. Call Congress now. Families that include people with disabilities are two to three times more likely to experience food insecurity than families that have no members with disabilities.


Instead, the House is expected to vote on a bill that would subject millions of people who rely on SNAP to sweeping, harsh new work and reporting requirements. These changes create new hurdles to benefits and would punish people who lose their jobs and can't find a new one, can't meet the potential new strict work or training requirements, or can't get an exemption. The same bill was defeated in the House in May, but is being brought up again.


Many people with disabilities or chronic illness, and their families, would be hurt.


The changes to SNAP are part of the "Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018" (H.R. 2), also known as the "Farm Bill."