SNAP Rule Change Could Stretch Emergency Food Network, Impact Thousands in Monroe County

(WXIR-Rochester) The Trump Administration finalized a new rule Thursday that some predict will result in nearly a million people losing access to SNAP food stamp benefits nationwide. Here in Monroe County, advocates say that number could easily be in the thousands.

Currently, people without dependents lose access to SNAP benefits after three months unless they can show they’re working. Regions with persistently-high unemployment can get an exemption from that work requirement.

But the Trump Administration’s new rule will make it harder to qualify for the waiver by raising the unemployment threshold.

Tom Silva is Community Advocacy Specialist at Foodlink.  Earlier this year he submitted a public comment to the USDA on Foodlink’s behalf opposing the rule change. Reclaiming the Narrative spoke with him to find out how the change might affect people in our region.