Bring back funding
When state and federal programs are cut because of sequestration or austerity, our entire society suffers [“Cuts to food program hurt hungry kids, educational goals,” Opinion, April 19].
As members of Bread for the World, we study the effects of hunger and poverty, and see the beneficial results when programs that help poor and hungry people receive adequate funding.
Even short-term episodes of hunger can cause lasting damage to child development, putting children at risk for a range of cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical problems. Cutting these programs can increase costs. Hunger already costs our country an estimated $167 billion annually in lost productivity, reduced educational outcomes and increased health-care costs.
We wholeheartedly join with guest columnist Eric Pettigrew in calling on our elected representatives and senators, both state and federal, to ensure full funding for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Washington Basic Food Program.
Sharon D’Amico, member, Bread for the World, Kirkland