Nebraska's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka: food stamps) is structured in a way that penalizes hardworking families for improving their lives. For those who barely qualify, one small salary increase could push their gross income over the eligibility limit even though their net income is within the restrictions, resulting in a loss of SNAP benefits larger than the increase in pay. This is referred to as the SNAP Cliff Effect. It forces low-income workers to choose between either a small increase in pay or the ability to feed their family. If LB108 or the SNAP Cliff Effect Bill is passed, it will rectify this problem by increasing the gross income eligibility limit allowing low-income workers with a net income within limits qualify for SNAP benefits. Low-income workers will no longer have to turn down economic opportunity in order to continue feeding their families. Cecilia, for example, was ecstatic when she was presented with the opportunity to move up in her company and was offered a small increase in pay. She happily accepted the offer, assuming that this was a step toward increasing her family's financial independence. However, even though the wage increase was barely enough to make a impact on their lives, and her net income was still at poverty level, it pushed her gross income above SNAP limits. She lost all of her much-needed benefits. Her promotion should have been something to celebrate. Instead, her family is struggling more than ever to put food on the table. SNAP is the largest federal food assistance program operated to address food insecurity in the United States. It helps recipients buy food which raises nutrition levels among low-income households. About three-fourths of SNAP recipients live in households with children and more than a fourth live in households with seniors or people with disabilities. It is estimated that around 70,000 families are in the SNAP program in Nebraska. This bill would only affect families whose net income is at poverty level but whose gross income disqualifies them from the program. Nebraska continues to fall behind on providing SNAP benefits to those in need. Nationally, 29 percent of food insecure people do not qualify for federal nutrition assistance (including SNAP) compared to 44 percent in Lancaster County. Additionally nationally, 21 percent of food insecure children do not qualify for federal nutrition assistance (including SNAP) compared to 39 percent in Lancaster County. This is a huge gap between need and services in our community that raising the gross income eligibility limit will help address. SNAP is federally funded, but states have to share the administrative costs of executing SNAP with the federal government. However, with the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the federal government assumed responsibility of all administrative costs for the next three years, lessening the pressure on state budgets. At no cost to the state, LB108 would address the SNAP Cliff Effect to encourage hard work and employment in Nebraska and ensure that families can continue to put food on the table.