September 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Devastating potential cuts to food stamps
Government support needed
In the past few months, I looked out my office window and wondered why, with unemployment in King County below 5 percent, are more people lining up at The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s and every other food bank in the area? [“Guest column: Proposed cuts to food stamps devastating,” Opinion, Sept. 14.]
Why would cuts in food stamps be devastating to so many? Are people not willing to work?
To the contrary, people are working and very hard, but $10 an hour provides an income of only about $1,600 a month. Many of the new jobs in our economy are barely above minimum wage. This is simply not enough to cover rent, medical costs, transportation, child care, utilities, telephone and other necessities along with food.
We need to support our food banks, but we also need to advocate for continued government support through food stamps and, most of all, more jobs with benefits and salaries above the minimum wage.
Patricia Wittmann-Todd, pastoral coordinator of St. Mary’s Church, Seattle
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