beings are created ‘in God’s image’ (Genesis 1:27) as social beings whose
dignity, worth, and value are conferred by God. Although our identity does not
depend on what we do, through our work we should be able to express this
God-given dignity as persons of integrity, worth, and meaning. Yet work does
not constitute the whole of our life. When we are viewed and treated only as
workers, we tend to be exploited.”
Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rule that would put time limits
on food benefits for unemployed and underemployed people who can’t document a
designated number of weekly work hours or job training. People who cannot meet
the documentation requirement would lose SNAP eligibility after three months
regardless of how hard they are trying to find work or advance job skills.
in the wide network of World Hunger ministries of the ELCA teach us that
lifting oneself out of poverty is both a dignified longing and hard work. Time
limits complicate rather than facilitate that goal.
proposed rule would adversely impact neighbors with circumstances like these:
your opposition to the Proposed Rule by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(FNS) by making a public comment before April 2, 2019 on "Requirements for
Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents."
to oppose the rule:
you can help!
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to this rule. (Note: submitted comments are public). The comment below contains several key points raised by
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