To the Editor:
Thank you for your excellent editorial urging Congress to pass a strong farm bill that continues to feed the hungry (Nov. 29).
Members of Congress need to hear from us — the voters — that we support adequate funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, formerly the food stamp program.
As your editorial states, “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012, SNAP benefits kept more than 5 million people from falling into poverty, coming in the third most helpful behind Social Security and refundable tax credits.”
When visiting with members of Congress, they say that they support programs that feed the hungry. The USDA continues to crack down on cases of fraud (1.3 percent). Under proposed cuts in this beneficial program, “almost 4 million people would lose SNAP in 2014 alone. And when families lose their eligibility for SNAP, their children also lose their ability to get free meals at school. Too often that is the only well-rounded and nutritional meal that poor kids get on a daily basis.”
In a democracy it is up to the voters — us — to make the members of Congress do what is right.
J. Andy Fowler