A punch in the gut
When I first heard that the House of Representatives narrowly passed legislation to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $4 billion annually for the next 10 years, I was shocked and saddened. [“House conservatives vote to cut $4B in food stamps,” News, Sept. 20.]
A “yes” vote on this bill means a deliberate decision to vote to make people hungry. This bill claims to fight fraud and waste in the system but it actually is a slap in the face to all the charitable hunger-relief organizations that have struggled to meet the record rise in need for emergency-food services since the start of the recession, on dwindling contributions from the private sector.
Furthermore, it’s a punch in the gut to the families in crisis who need SNAP to survive. There are 1.1 million Washingtonians who rely on SNAP. These are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, people with disabilities who are unable to work, veterans and workers who are underpaid or underemployed.
All of these people are already being asked to make a sacrifice when, on Nov. 1, the average benefit will be reduced to less than $1.40 per person, per meal.
Congress isn’t asking anyone else to make this kind of sacrifice. It’s insulting and demeaning, and we should all be outraged.
Christina Wong, SeattleInformation in this letter, originally published on Sept. 25, 2013, was corrected on Sept. 26, 2013. A previous version of this letter stated that SNAP would be cut by $4 billion, but did not include the information that the program would be cut by $4 billion annually for the next 10 years.