Some Students Could Lose Free Meals Under Proposed Change to Food Stamp Program

More than half a million low-income students could lose free meals due to proposed changes to the nation’s food stamp program.

That’s according to Congressman Bobby Scott who chairs the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Scott also says the Department of Agriculture concealed data that revealed the cuts to free student meals.

He voiced his concerns in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Scott wrote that the impact on school meal eligibility wasn’t included in the administration’s proposal for revising who qualifies for food stamps.

Roughly 38 million Americans get food stamps under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Under the proposed rule, more than 3 million people could lose those benefits.