Letter: SNAP is an investment

Published: 2/26/2017 12:01:06 AM
SNAP is an investment

It’s concerning to me that members of our state legislature are looking to make it harder for families to receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Republican members keep bringing up the financial burden, but they refuse to look at the whole picture. Many families need this assistance so they can pull themselves up and out of poverty.

We should be looking at SNAP as an investment. If families can focus on working and supporting their family instead of worrying about where their next meal is going to come from, they will be able to have more financial stability. Local economies will be able to benefit from this stability.

Also, how about the children being affected by this? According to the New Hampshire Food Bank, 1 in 5 children in our state are food insecure. Are our legislators thinking about everyone that is affected by their proposals? We need to stop demonizing people who receive benefits from these kinds of safety net programs. We also need to stop skimming over the numbers and dive deep into what the cost of this program actually is and the other economic benefits that can come from it. I encourage our state legislators to look deeper and consider the impacts from all angles before making such a decision.




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