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Capital Area Food Bank Statement on the Risk of Increased Food Insecurity Due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Lift Injunction on So-Called “Public Charge” Rule

By cafb January 31, 2020

The Capital Area Food Bank is deeply disappointed by a Supreme Court decision that allows the Administration to move forward with a rule that expands the definition of a public charge to include individuals who have used essential public services that support good health and well-being, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as the courts continue to consider the rule’s overall legality. By putting the food security of immigrant families at risk, the decision is another stumbling block in our efforts to end hunger in the Washington metropolitan area and across the nation.

The rule creates fear and confusion in immigrant communities — who may or may not be impacted by the rule — forcing many to forgo seeking needed food assistance that they need to make ends meet out of fear of jeopardizing their and loved ones’ ability to reside in the United States. This decision adds to current fear and confusion we continue to hear from our colleagues at food banks across the country. Making impossible choices between food and family should not be a reality for the immigrant community. Eligible individuals should be able to seek and receive the food assistance they need, free from needless confusion and consequences.

The Capital Area Food Bank will continue to serve on the frontlines and stand by our mission to provide access to good, healthy food in every community throughout the greater Washington region.