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Letter: We must strengthen SNAP, not decimate it

We must strengthen SNAP, not decimate it

This week, Feeding America published data regarding food insecurity in the United States from 2011. Here in Erie County, 11.9 percent of our population is considered food insecure. However, the percentage balloons to 18.2 percent when you just consider children. In actual numbers that means one in five kids are at risk. These kids and adults rely primarily on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps. The Senate and House are working on their respective Farm Bills and unfortunately, both bills include cuts to SNAP.

The Senate Farm Bill cuts SNAP by $4.1 billion over 10 years, while the House Farm Bill cuts SNAP by $21 billion. The House cuts would kick 2 million people off SNAP and deny 210,000 low-income children free meals during school. Hunger is still a real problem in America and SNAP is the first line of defense against it. It is a critical support for families and our economy. We should be strengthening SNAP, not cutting it. Urge your members of Congress to protect the most vulnerable members of our community by standing up for SNAP.

Bruce Davidson

RESULTS of Western New York

East Amherst