THE WEST VIRGINIA CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY SAYS MORE THAN 25-THOUSAND WEST VIRGINIANS WOULD LOSE SNAP NUTRITION ASSISTANCE UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S NEW PROPOSED RULE. 13 NEWS REPORTER HANNAH GOETZ JOINS US LIVE IN THE STUDIO WITH MORE ON WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE MOUNTAIN STATE. HANNAH? ROB — THE PROPOSAL CAME OUT IN JULY AND TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO WEIGH IN ON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSAL THAT WOULD LIMIT AMERICANS’ ACCESS TO FOOD STAMPS. THE PROPOSAL BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND USDA WILL ELIMINATE THE CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS “THIS IS A POPULAR PROVISION IN SNAP THAT GIVES STATES FLEXIBILITY TO MAKE THEIR SNAP PROGRAMS WORK BETTER FOR THEIR RESIDENTS” KELLEY ALLEN WITH THE WEST VIRGINIA CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY SAYS THE CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY BENFITS PEOPLE IN TWO BIG WAYS: 1. IT ALLOWS THE STATE TO RAISE INCOME LIMITS SO A SMALLINCOME RAISE WOULDN’T KICK THEM OFF THE PROGRAM AND TWO IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SAVINGS AND STAY ON SNAP LIFTING MORE THAN 74-THOUSAND WEST VIRGININIANS OUT OF POVERTY EVERY YEAR “ONE BIG WAY WE DO THAT IS THAT WE HAVE THAT STATE FLEXIBILITY TO MAKE THE PROGRAM WORK BETTER FOR OURSELVES” THE PROPOSAL COULD HURT FAMILIES, THE ECONOMY AND LOCAL FOOD BANKS. IT COLD ALSO CAUSE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN TO LOSE ACCESS TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS…BETSY SHAAK VOLUNTEERS WITH STUDENTS WHO BENEFIT FROM THESE MEALS EVERYDAY AND KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF FULL BELLIES “THE SITUATIONS THAT FAMILIES FACE TODAY IT HELPS ALOT TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE FED A GOOD SOLID MEAL SHE MAKES FOURTY MEALS TWICE A WEEK AT THE SECOND AVENUE CENTER IN CHARLESTON TO HELP WITH THE MEALS THEY GET AT SCHOOL TO PREVENT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF FOOD INSECURITY “ITS THE EASIEST THING ANY OF US CAN DO IS HELP CHILDREN BY MAKING SURE NOBODY IS HUNGRY. NOBODY SHOULD GO HUNGRRY SO THEY CAN’T FOCUS THEY CANT DO THEIR SCHOOL WORK IF THEIR BELLIES ARE RUMBLING SO THAT IS ONE WAY WE CAN EASE THAT FOR FAMILIES” IT’S NOT JUST WEST VIRGINIA THAT WILL BE LOSING SNAP