H.R.1368: Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2019


The Closing the Meal Gap Act (2019) would

1) Permanently authorize the standard medical deduction in every state for seniors and disabled individuals applying for SNAP benefits at a minimum of $140. Individuals with high expenses could continue to apply for a higher, itemized medical deduction.
2) Incorporate the Low-Cost Food Plan into the SNAP formula to determine the requirements for the low- cost food plan, which is the diet required to feed a family of four.
3) Eliminate the cap on the Excess Shelter Deduction in the SNAP formula to take into account the cost of living for SNAP recipients in areas with high rent and utilities.
4) Allow Able-Bodied Adults to be exempt from SNAP work requirements if their state cannot provide them with a slot in a SNAP Employment and Training Program
5) Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $25 per month.

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Bill Number


Date Introduced

February 26, 2019


House Agriculture Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled