Public Charge & Food Access Updates

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“Public charge” was a Trump-era rule that forced immigrant households to choose between critical benefits, like SNAP, and the ability to obtain permanent legal status in the US. This policy caused a “chilling effect” among many immigrant families, creating reluctance to apply for and use federal nutrition programs for fear of affecting their own or a loved one’s legal status.

The Biden Administration will no longer defend the 2019 Public Charge Rule!

  1. Now SNAP and other federal nutrition programs will NOT affect immigration status! "Public charge” no longer applies to SNAP.

  2. Free meals for kids waivers have been extended. This means ALL communities can provide free meals to kids 18 and under and receive federal reimbursement throughout the summer. 

  3. The American Rescue Plan includes hunger-relief measures including increases to SNAP benefits, expansion of P-EBT benefits into summer, and more.  

  4. Children on SNAP ages 0-5 will now receive P-EBT benefits. 


Check out these resources and share with your community. Find social media content in multiple languages and other materials to share about SNAP, free school meals and more. 

Free, confidential food resource support is available to individuals by visiting or calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 to get connected with a wide range of nutrition programs. Help is available by phone in 180 languages and for the hearing impaired.