Thousands of California Students Could Soon Lose Their Free Lunches

Thousands of California students could lose automatic access to free school lunches if a proposal to crack down on SNAP eligibility requirements is finalized, according to reporting from EdSource.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking public comments on the Trump administration’s proposal, which would limit the food stamp eligibility threshold to 130% of the poverty level. That’s about $30,000 for a family of four. Currently, some states—including California—extend SNAP benefits to families making up to 200% of the poverty level. That’s a “loophole” the administration plans to get rid of.

There is an important caveat here. Many students who lose automatic eligibility for food stamps could still receive free lunches. They just have to apply for the lunch program separately. Right now, SNAP recipients are automatically eligible for free lunches.

“About 2 million children in California are in families that receive food stamps,” per EdSource. “There are no estimates yet of how many of those might lose eligibility if the new rule is approved.”

Read more at EdSource