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Our children need SNAP for good health

 

As members of Congress spend their August recess back home in their districts, I urge them to listen to their constituents who call on them to protect funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP Nutrition Education (SNAP Ed).

As a concerned citizen who has joined with the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in our state and across America, I know that SNAP fights childhood hunger and poverty.

In fact, SNAP is the most powerful and effective anti-hunger program for kids. It goes directly to families living in poverty. Almost half (44 percent) of all low-income households with children in the United States living in poverty are also struggling with hunger. SNAP benefits ensure that these families can put food on their tables, even when times are tough.

With the right skills, healthy eating can be possible, even on a SNAP budget. SNAP Ed empowers families with the skills to get the most nutrition from their limited dollars. We should be investing more in education, not slashing it.

Feeding our children isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.

It is an investment in the future success of this nation. Food purchased with SNAP benefits does more than provide children with essential daily nutrition — it helps the economy and fights hunger and poverty.

We have to make sure that we’re investing in programs that strengthen the economy, create jobs and make our country a great place to raise a family.

During this August recess, I urge members of our congressional delegation to think about the families living right here that need SNAP to ensure that their kids don’t go hungry. These lawmakers should return to Washington dedicated to protecting funding for this poverty-prevention program.

Mike Wise, Pompano Beach

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