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260,000 Illinoisans Could Lose Food Assistance & Face Hunger - Urge Governor Rauner to Request a Waiver of the SNAP Time Limit for 2018!


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program helping people struggling with food insecurity. It helps 1.9 million people in Illinois (about 1 in 7 people) afford enough food to lead a healthy life.

At the end of the year, childless adults will only be able to receive SNAP for a limited period of time if they are not working at least 20 hours a week. Currently, Illinois is able to provide food assistance to childless adults for as long as they are experiencing hunger because the state is receiving a time limit waiver from the federal government that is available to states during times of high unemployment.

This time limit is a significant threat to people who live in areas where there simply aren’t enough jobs or job training opportunities, as well as people who experience barriers to employment, such as criminal convictions, homelessness, or disabilities. Illinois’ current time limit waiver expires at the end of 2017.

Please call the Governor at his Chicago (312) 814-2121 and/or Springfield (217) 782-0244 office with the following message:

"Hello my name is [insert name] and as an Illinoisan, I urge you to request a waiver of the SNAP time limit for 2018. If you do not request a waiver, thousands of Illinoisans could lose food assistance, costing Illinois more than $410 million in federal funding. Please request a SNAP time limit waiver in 2018 to prevent 260,000 Illinoisans from going hungry."



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