Letter: SNAP cuts could devastate nation's most vulnerable

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To the editor:

The administration is at it again, working overtime to find new ways to undermine working families. They are focusing the attack on families that need help putting food on their table, bypassing the Congress and sneaking in deep cuts to Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamps) through a proposed rule change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This misguided rule would cut SNAP benefits for "more than 7 million people, including 3 million children."

This effort of the administration would undermine states' abilities to account for costs of heating, cooling and phone as they calculate SNAP benefits. These cuts would be because of unfair standardization and caps based on inadequate survey data.

We need to stand together and defend this essential lifeline. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduces hunger and alleviates the crisis faced by food-insecure families by providing assistance so they can buy nutritious food. These millions of people who would be hurt are children, seniors, people with disabilities and working families. We must tell Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue that we won't take food away from millions of families.

We are the richest country in the world. We have countless billionaires. The income gap that creates inequality is growing in a manner unseen since the Gilded Age. Cutting the SNAP program will only make rising levels of inequality even worse.

Rosemary Seifert-Graf,

Cummington

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