Hunger-fighting groups say they’re disappointed the head of the U-S-D-A used an Indiana visit to tout cuts to food assistance. U-S Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made several stops in Indianapolis on Monday, including a WorkOne Indy Training Site. That’s where he discussed a new rule tightening work restrictions for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “SNAP” that he said would move participants toward self-sufficiency and into employment. Emily Weikert Bryant with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry disagrees. The finalized U-S Department of Agriculture rule revokes states’ ability to issue waivers on the three-month limit for SNAP benefits to people who aren’t either working or in a training program for 20 hours a week. Indiana is not affected because it does not have a work-requirement waiver. The U-S-D-A is proposing two other changes to the SNAP program that would affect the automatic enrollment when a person qualifies for another form of federal assistance, and how states use household utility costs to determine SNAP benefit amounts. Bryant contends the changes will create needless layers of red tape that will do a disservice to the poorest among us. A study from the Urban Institute estimated the three rules together would result in three-point-seven million people across the country losing their SNAP benefits. According to the latest data, roughly 520-thousand Hoosiers rely on SNAP to put food on the table.