Letter: Two votes for kids
We applaud U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster for standing up for hungry children and families in New Hampshire during the recent House Farm Bill vote.
Last week, both congresswomen voted against the final bill because they believe that cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by more than $20 billion over 10 years is the wrong choice for struggling New Hampshire families.
SNAP serves as a first line of defense against hunger and helps keep families out of poverty. When counted as income, SNAP lifted 6,000 New Hampshire families above the poverty line in 2010.
Research shows it makes a difference for children. Children in families receiving SNAP have fewer health problems and are at a lower risk of developmental delays than children in households that were eligible for, but not receiving, SNAP. In New Hampshire, more than 70 percent of SNAP recipients are households with children.
Among competing pressures, our representatives did the right thing for New Hampshire’s kids and we thank them. When Farm Bill negotiations continue, we hope Congress passes legislation that works for – not against – America’s hungry children and families.
(The writer is executive director of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire.)