The Public Comment Period on proposed rules that would change qualifications for food stamp programs like SNAP ended, and the North Dakota Department of Human Services released estimates on the effects in North Dakota.
A preliminary projection says that nearly 3,500 North Dakota homes would become ineligible for SNAP benefits. That's 15 percent of participating households, and is above the national rate of 9 percent, according to a Mathematica estimate.
More than 23,000 homes in the state participated in SNAP as of August 2019, a third of which work on an income of $1,300 a month.
The Department of Human Services stresses that estimates are being continuously calculated and "It is important to stress this is a proposed federal rule change. No households are affected at this time."
They recommend any families struggling to acquire food should contact their county Social Service office or apply for SNAP and other charitable foundations.