Letter, 5/23: Farm bill mustn't cut SNAP benefits

Letter, 5/23: Farm bill mustn't cut SNAP benefits


I want to thank James Goddard for his op-ed ("Don’t take meals from Nebraskans," May 1). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), is a critical program in our country's fight against hunger, helping more than 40 million people put food on the table.

Yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill proposed a bill that would take SNAP away from people struggling to find work. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 70 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children.

We need to help ensure that low-income children have sufficient nutrition so they can realize their fullest potential.

As a child, my family received food stamps. I don’t believe I could have excelled in school, been the first person in my family to attend college and been pursuing a Ph.D. if I had been fighting hunger while trying to learn in school.

I am frustrated that Rep. Jeff Fortenberry voted to pass a farm bill with such harmful changes. Instead, he, along with Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse should work to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill that ensures that everyone has enough to eat.

Jamy Rentschler, Lincoln


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