I am outraged that some politicians attack key programs that help our neighbors struggling with poverty. In particular, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is helping families in our community, many of them working full-time but struggling to make ends meet, to put food on the table.
SNAP, school breakfast/lunch, summer feeding programs such as Picnic in the Park, and other nutrition programs have been shown time and again to not only improve a child’s short-term health, but also to have remarkable effects in the long term. Children who benefit from these programs are healthier, do better in school, achieve more and have increased economic opportunities later in life.
With one in five American children at risk of going to bed hungry, we need to build on the success of these programs instead of dismantling them. I urge our members of Congress to stand up for hungry children and families. Congress and the next president should reject any proposals to cut or restructure nutrition programs, including block grants for SNAP, and instead invest making sure no American, veteran, elderly person or child goes hungry.
Dawn Pierce, Boise