Letter: Boost SNAP in next federal relief package

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To the editor:

The government must not forget to support SNAP in the next relief package. A recent survey by Brookings Institute found among mothers with young children, nearly 20 percent says their children are not getting enough to eat during this pandemic. That is a rate three times as high as 2008 during the great recession. This deeply concern us all, especially our elected leaders in Washington.

Congress must guarantee that everyone who need nutrition assistance is able to get it and increase benefits to better serve struggling families in their next COVID-19 relief package. They can do this by increasing the maximum SNAP (food stamp) benefit nationwide, raising the minimum benefit to $30/month and removing barriers to get this nutrition assistance put there by the Trump administration.

As the pandemic continues, unemployment soars, and our economy runs on fumes, Our leaders concerned about the economy should focus on SNAP, as those benefits are one of the fastest and most effective economic stimulus because they get money into the economy quickly. This is the relief struggling families and our country needs now.

Rosemary Seifert-Graf,

Cummington

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