Remove Barriers to SNAP

Urge the Governor and your state legislators to remove barriers to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) during this pandemic. Write or call the Governor’s office to encourage them to take the following immediate steps:

*Halt statewide ABAWD (Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents) work requirement implementation
*Release guidance for “good cause” exemptions
*Suspend mandatory SNAP Works program participation
*Restore cuts to SNAP caseworkers in the FY 2021 budget

More than one-third (34 percent) of Georgia’s workforce includes retail cashiers, fast food workers, and wait staff and administrative support professionals. In addition to being Georgia’s top three most common occupations, workers in these occupations have less access to paid leave, struggle with inconsistent hours, are among the lowest paid in the state and are at greater risk of being displaced from work during the pandemic. These individuals supplement low wages and loss of work opportunities with the help of the safety net, especially SNAP. Georgia can take these steps to help families with low incomes maintain food assistance and mitigate the major economic stress resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please write the week of March 16th-March 25th.

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