500,000 students could lose free meals due to food stamp changes, congressman says

500,000 students could lose free meals due to food stamp changes, congressman says

Rep. Bobby Scott says the US Department of Agriculture concealed data showing that its recent proposed changes to the food stamp program could result in more than 500,000 low-income students losing free meals.

In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Scott, a Virginia Democrat who’s the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, writes that the impact on school meal eligibility was not included in the Trump administration’s formal proposal revising who qualifies for the food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Scott writes that “the proposed rule will impact not only SNAP eligibility, but will also affect children’s eligibility for school meal programs.” The program, Scott noted, “allows schools to provide free meals to all students in high-poverty communities.”