SNAP: Bridging the Cliff

Nebraska State Senators

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This year, Senator McCollister introduced LB 358 to change income eligibility provisions related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the Nebraska Legislature.

Despite hard work, many families in Nebraska are struggling to make ends meet: today, 1 in 5 Nebraska children do not know where their next meal is coming from.

SNAP (formerly called food stamps) has proven to be one of the most effective anti-hunger programs for Nebraska children and families.

But right now, SNAP is designed in a way that makes it difficult for families to take a pay raise or get a better paying job without losing the support of SNAP. This is known as the “cliff effect,” where a small raise at work is not enough to catapult a family to economic self-sufficiency and instead triggers a much larger loss of work supports like SNAP.

The SNAP cliff effect forces working families to choose between a promotion at work and food on the table.

LB 358 bridges the SNAP cliff for families, allowing hardworking Nebraskans to accept raises or promotions and still qualify for assistance after taking into account things like childcare and health care costs.

Read more about the SNAP cliff effect and how it hurt's Nebraska's families here.


Do you support working Nebraska families?

Sign the petition and show your support for Senator McCollister's LB 358 to change income eligibility provisions for SNAP!

To: Nebraska State Senators
From: [Your Name]

1 in 5 Nebraska children do not know where their next meal is coming from. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) has proven to be one of the most effective anti-hunger programs for Nebraska children and families.

But right now SNAP is designed in a way that makes it difficult for families take a pay raise or get a better paying job without losing the support of SNAP. This is known as the "cliff effect," where a small raise at work triggers a much larger loss of work supports like SNAP.

LB 358 addresses the SNAP cliff for families, allowing hardworking Nebraskans to accept raises or promotions and still qualify for assistance.

Vote yes on LB 358 to change income eligibility provisions relating to SNAP, eliminate the cliff effect, and help Nebraska families reach financial security!