TAKE ACTION: Second Harvest Statement on USDA Rules Change

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina is deeply concerned that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to push a policy that will take essential and basic nutrition away from people struggling with food insecurity and that ignores the market forces that make food insecurity a reality for too many of our neighbors.

The USDA’s proposed rule would restrict states’ ability to waive time limits on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in high unemployment areas, removing an estimated 8.5 billion meals over the next decade from the tables of some of the most vulnerable in our communities.

This rule would increase the risk of food insecurity for nearly one million people, putting additional pressure on the Feeding America network of food banks, of which Second Harvest is a part, and locally on our network of over 460 on-the-ground partner programs here in Northwest North Carolina.