Letters to the Editor

Hungry children

I’m outraged that some in Congress continue their assault on our neighbors struggling with poverty. Fortunately, for families in our community and across the United States, Congress passed a final budget blueprint that doesn’t put cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on a fast track. But we need to remind lawmakers how important this program is. Child Nutrition Reauthorization is an opportunity for Congress to protect and strengthen child nutrition programs without cutting SNAP.

Do lawmakers forget that the primary beneficiaries of SNAP are children, the elderly and the disabled? Do they ignore that SNAP and child-nutrition programs have been shown to improve nutrition and health outcomes in children?

When it comes to reducing hunger and poverty, our investments in SNAP and child nutrition programs are helping millions of families access nutritious food, as one in five American children is at risk of hunger.

I urge our members of Congress to stand up for hungry children and families and reject any proposals to cut or restructure child nutrition programs and SNAP.

Esther Garvett, Miami