Wrong Was to Cut Spending
This is the time of year when many of us think about those in our community who struggle with having enough food to eat.
We may donate time or money to food banks, churches and other community groups to ease the hardship of our fellow neighbors.
Recent polling data from the Food Research & Action Center (frac.org) reveal that 81 percent of individuals polled believe that low-income families and children not being able to afford enough to eat is a serious problem in our country.
The majority of those polled also recognize that lack of nutritious food impacts physical and mental health, job performance, schoolwork, physical development of infants and toddlers, and the ability of seniors to live longer.
At the forefront of addressing food hardship in the United States is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program), which helps 46 million people put food on the table each month. Congress is currently considering cuts to SNAP.
At a time when 46.2 million people live in poverty in the United States, it is little surprise that 71 to 75 percent of those polled in the FRAC study view cuts to SNAP as the wrong way to reduce federal spending.
Funding for SNAP and other programs that help low-income households is a good investment for improving learning and productivity and keeping health costs down.
NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks
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