Half a million students would lose free school lunches under food stamp rule changes, USDA says

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WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – The Trump administration acknowledges that its proposed changes to the food-stamp program could leave nearly half a million children without access to free school lunches.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its analysis Tuesday.

The proposed rule was unveiled in July.

Specifically, it curtails a policy which makes it easier for Americans with somewhat higher incomes and more savings to receive food stamps

Republicans have long characterized the expanded eligibility option as a “loophole” that lets those with higher incomes and assets get public assistance.

Consumer advocates, however, say that the option helps low-income working Americans get the help they need.

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