The USDA acknowledged that the change could harm the estimated 12 percent of United States households experiencing food insecurity. “The proposed rule may also negatively impact food security and reduce the savings rates among those individuals who do not meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for SNAP or the substantial and ongoing requirements for expanded categorical eligibility,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in the rule’s cost-benefit analysis.

The Trump Administration Admits Its Change to SNAP Eligibility Could Worsen Food Insecurity for Millions of People