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New SNAP rule to have devastating impact on Baltimore City

Posted at 5:22 PM, Feb 05, 2020

BALTIMORE — Maryland is suing the Trump administration over a new rule making it more difficult for some to stay on Food Assistance Programs.

On Wednesday, Baltimore City leaders backed the lawsuit.

"We estimate that the upcoming ruling will remove an additional 11,000 to 15,000 adults from SNAP in Baltimore City alone," Mayor Jack Young said. "This loss in benefits will result in $24 to $33 million dollars of SNAP disappearing from the local economy each year."

The new rule tightens requirements that allowed states to extend benefits beyond three months. After that time, adults without a job or who are not in training for at least 20 hours a week have to wait three years to be eligible again.

"So the question becomes will denying access to much needed nutritious food suddenly make someone more employable or increase their access to good paying jobs?" said Carmen Del Guercio, President of Maryland Food Bank.

City leaders say the people most impacted are homeless, don't have access to good paying jobs, lack of education or skills to get that job or may be taking care of their parents or young family members.

The government argues unemployment is low and this will save almost $13 billion over the next decade.

It takes effect April 1.