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Help the hungry

Published: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Over 49 million Americans (16 million children) are food insecure.

The average SNAP benefit is about $4.20 per day. The U.S. House of Representatives, including Randy Hultgren, wants even deeper cuts to SNAP. They say our food banks and pantries can make up the difference. This is not possible because they already expanded 50 percent in the past few years.

Why are so many still hungry in our country? How can anyone live on minimum wage and/or support a family? Do you know anyone who does?

Sequestration needs to be replaced with responsible spending cuts and new revenues and to sustain and strengthen programs vital to hungry people. Thanks for giving to our food pantries. It covers about 10 percent of the need.

Please call or email your representative and tell them to pass a Farm Bill that does not increase hunger in our country. The Capitol switchboard is 800-826-3688.

Deb Martin


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