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Baltimore could see at least 15,000 could lose their food stamp benefits under a new Trump administration rule that changes eligibility requirements.

Roughly 30,000 people in Maryland could be affected. This is one of several changes the Trump administration has pushed for food stamps.

Maryland and a dozen states are suing to block the U.S. Department of Agriculture from moving forward with the cuts to SNAP. If the rule goes into effect as planned this spring, it would have a devastating impact on Baltimore’s economy and the health of its residents, according to city.

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“By cutting SNAP benefits for thousands of the most vulnerable members of our community,” wrote Baltimore’s Food Policy Director Holly Freishtat, the change “will predictably result in a sicker and poorer state population.”

The Trump administration finalized this rule last month, making it harder for states to waive some requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents who live in economically distressed areas.

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