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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 17, 2013 at 7:02 AM

SNAP program needs attention

Amid news of shutdown, Americans forget the issue of hunger

The other Washington is suffocating us [“What a mess we’ve made in the USA,” NWWednesday, Oct. 16].

Even worse is the situation for the 1-in-5 children at risk of going to bed hungry. The Supplemnental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps) helps put food on the table for 47 million Americans, but it is also being held hostage. Hunger doesn’t wait for a vote, it is here now. Over 3 million children in our world die each year from lack of nutrition — one child every 10 seconds. An American government that works can do something about hunger, at home and in the world.

Tell your elected officials to do something about these problems: pass a SNAP program that will feed America’s hungry and scale up nutrition aid to put an end to this world tragedy.

Willie Dickerson, Snohomish

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