To the Editor:
Enough is enough! I am so frustrated with Congress-they are continuously attacking the poor, with every chance they get.
The House has released its FY 2016 budget proposal and it is not good news the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As with previous House budget proposals, the plan would convert SNAP into a block grant to states (along with Medicaid), and cut SNAP by approximately $140 billion.
I urge our members of Congress to stand up for hungry families!
This will ONLY serve one purpose – to make the wealthy wealthier and the poor poorer. To help pay for new costly tax cuts, it would convert the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) into a lump sum payment to states.
SNAP already provides an average of only $1.40 per person per meal, primarily to poor children, working-poor parents, seniors, people with disabilities, and others struggling to make ends meet. We live in America and we are forced to starve!
In 2013, SNAP lifted nearly 5 million people out of poverty. Making SNAP a block grant would eliminate this feature and force states to either reduce benefits or cut people off the program. We cannot let this happen.
I urge our members of Congress to stand up for hungry families and reject any budget that proposes to cut or restructure SNAP
Sharvonne A. Williams
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