Congress must help protect SNAP program

Right as school let out in June, the House of Representatives took a vote that would make it harder for more than a million low-income families to put food on the table.

They proposed draconian new requirements for SNAP (what we used to call “food stamps”) in their version of the farm bill. Fortunately, the Senate chose a better path, with a bipartisan bill that protects SNAP.

Now as school is back in session here, members of Congress are back in Washington, negotiating the final version of that bill.

I hope I can count on them to do the right thing, following the Senate’s lead in protecting a program that helps over 40 million people put food on the table.

Making cuts or changes to SNAP won’t help anyone find work or move out of poverty. It will just make people hungry.

Mary Jean Sharp

Altoona

COMMENTS