The changes to "public charge" proposed by the Trump Administration will likely increase hungry, poverty, and poor health among immigrants in our state and country. Read the public comment Project Bread submitted opposing these changes and submit your own on or before Monday December 10 to keep these basic needs programs free from barriers and stigma that deter access for eligible households.
Our perspective on solutions takes into account the need to strengthen the regional food system, the rights of working adults to earn a living wage, and the right for all people in Massachusetts to have access to fresh and healthy food.
In 2011, 46% of fast-food workers in Massachusetts relied on $173 million in aid (SNAP, Medicaid and EITC) to meet basic expenses every month.
10.2% of Massachusetts households—approximately 723,000 adults and children—are food insecure.
A minimum wage worker earning $11 per hour would need to work 80 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental at Fair Market Rent in Massachusetts.
Changing public policies can make a substantial and positive impact in the lives of families who struggle to make ends meet. You can help influence policies that protect people from hunger by taking action on these current campaigns. You will be helping to ensure that everyone in Massachusetts can access nutritious food—a basic right!
What you need to know about “public charge”
What’s going on?
On October 10th, the Trump Administration formally announced a proposed rule that will likely increase hunger, poverty and poor health among immigrants in our state and our country.
The rule centers around “public charge,” a designation placed on immigrants who are utilizing government support programs. The reliance on these support programs is evaluated when an immigrant is applying for a visa or green card.
Right now, only cash assistance and supplemental security income (SSI) are taken into account when determining “public charge.” But the proposed rule would broaden the definition of “public charge” to include use of one or more public benefits, such as:
-The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
-Non-emergency Medicaid (MassHealth)
-Low-income subsidies for prescription medication
Why does this matter?
If finalized, this rule would deter immigrants from accessing critical benefits like SNAP. It would increase fear and force people to make the impossible choice between food and family.
Food is a basic right for everyone – regardless of immigration status. At Project Bread, we work to expand access to food for families across Massachusetts. This new rule would send our country in the wrong direction – decreasing access to food and threatening the health, nutrition and future of millions of people. It is unacceptable.
What can you do?
Take ActionNo one should have to choose between food & family.to oppose this dangerous rule.
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Project Bread’s work in public policy and advocacy is changing the conversation around hunger in our state and beyond. And it is helping to evolve the way we, and others, approach the needs of the food insecure in Massachusetts. Together, we can elevate the voices of all of those who face hunger — and ensure their needs are met with dignity and efficacy.
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