Last week, in a letter supported by a dubious substantiation, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue announced a proposed change to a rule that aims, says the letter, to fix a loophole that currently gives benefits “to people who receive assistance when they clearly don’t need it.”
But, closing that loophole may affect access to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, by eliminating school lunches to 500,000 children since SNAP eligibility is used to calculate eligibility for free and reduced school meals.
The SNAP program, formerly called food stamps, covers 38 million Americans.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service defines SNAP as a program that provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.
The proposed change will end allowing recipients of Temporary…