New Food Stamp Rule Will Not Affect Alachua County Public Schools Free Lunch Program

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Some confusion has come up about a new rule regarding the requirements for snap program benefits, also known as food stamps.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration formalized the work requirements for recipients of food stamps. The new rule change affects people between the ages of 18 and 49 who are childless and not disabled. The new rule passed yesterday, will go into effect on April 1, 2020.

But how will this change affect the local schools free lunch program? The short answer is it won't.

Maria Eunice, ACPS director of food & nutrition, says “we just don’t anticipate that this will impact the community and we will make sure that if we ever do have a rule that comes down through the federal government or the state that we will make sure that we do communicate that to the community. "

One proposal that may have an impact in the future though is a proposal that would close a loophole that allows states to make participants receiving minimal temporary assistance for needy families benefits automatically eligible to participate in the USDA's snap program.