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Student Participation in School Breakfast Declined in South Carolina Last Year

February 14, 2020

South Carolina remains in the top 15 states for participation by schools Columbia, SC–The number of low-income students who participated in the School Breakfast Program in South Carolina decreased last year, according to the annual School Breakfast Scorecard released yesterday by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). The scorecard compares the rate of participation of low-income…

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The 2020 Public Charge Rule: What South Carolina’s Immigrant Families Need to Know

January 30, 2020

Puede encontrar una versión en español de esta publicación aquí. Note: this post was last updated March 3, 2020. As of February 24, 2020, the new public charge rule is in effect.  Here’s what immigrant families in South Carolina need to know about the new public charge rule: What is “Public Charge”? The “public charge…

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Statement: SC Appleseed Opposes Rule Change for Out-Of-Work or Under-Employed SNAP Food Benefit Recipients

December 5, 2019

This week, the Trump Administration published a final rule to cut SNAP benefits (food stamps) for hundreds of thousands of people who are out of work or under-employed. The group of people affected are categorized as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) and approximately 700,000 of them will lose food assistance under this new rule. Congress…

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Heidi’s Story

October 29, 2019

Navigating government bureaucracy to access public benefits would be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for those who need it most. Complicated language and conflicting information create barriers to programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) and prevent access for the very people the program was built for. People trying to…

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South Carolina Appleseed’s Statement on Finalized Public Charge Rule (August 2019)

August 12, 2019

The Administration’s New Public Charge Rule: Forcing Families to Choose Between Separation or Hunger Today the Trump administration announced that it will publish a final public charge rule, making it nearly impossible for low-income, elderly, or disabled people to legally immigrate to the Unites States, despite receiving nearly 200,000 comments opposing the cruel changes. Appleseed…

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SC Appleseed’s Statement on the Administration’s New Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility Rule

July 29, 2019

Last week, the Administration proposed a new rule that would eliminate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)’s Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) program. This proposed rule would be disastrous for America’s fight against hunger: eliminating food assistance for 3.1 million low-income people, and almost certainly creating a bureaucratic mess in South Carolina. Along with the vast…

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What the Administration’s New SNAP Rule Means For South Carolina (And What You Can Do About It)

February 27, 2019

In December, the Administration proposed a rule change designed to undermine Congress and decrease states’ ability to feed their hungriest residents. The proposed rule was announced on the same day as the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and effectively would add strict time limits to SNAP benefits despite Congress having rejected these harsh terms…

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Press Release: CFPB Move to Gut Payday Consumer Protections Will Harm South Carolina Families

February 7, 2019

Eliminating Protections Will Keep People Ensnared in Payday Debt Trap Columbia, SC — Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) moved to gut the agency’s own consumer protections against predatory lenders, leaving South Carolina families exposed to the harms of payday and car-title lending. South Carolina Appleseed strongly opposes this action and urges that the CFPB’s 2017 rule…

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Important Information About SNAP (Food Stamps) During the Government Shut Down

January 16, 2019

(Español abajo) February SNAP benefits will be received early—on January 17th—because of the federal government shutdown. Yesterday afternoon the SC Department of Social Services released important information related to SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) for February that will affect about 231,000 households in our state. This information is urgent for SNAP beneficiaries in our state.…

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STATEMENT: Proposed Rule Would Increase Poverty and Endanger Immigrants and Their Children

September 24, 2018

Following a trend of spiteful anti-immigrant policies, over the weekend, the Administration published a new proposed rule that would alter decades of existing legal immigration precedent. This departure from American values will directly endanger the lives of immigrant families, including children who are United States citizens. The proposed rule forces immigrant families into an impossible…

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