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New SNAP proposal could impact students who receive free meals

If the proposal goes into effect, the USDA estimates that around 3 million people would no longer be eligible for the program.
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The Trump administration has created a proposal to change who is eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), potentially impacting the number of children receiving free school meals, NPR reports.

Under the proposal, states would no longer be allowed to raise or eliminate income and asset limits in order to give benefits to those who would not be eligible. 

If the proposal goes into effect, the USDA estimates that around 3 million people would no longer be eligible for the program. Students of families who are no longer eligible would have to apply separately to continue to receive free meals at school. 

The proposal is now up for a 60-day public comment period. 

Read the full story via NPR.org.

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