To the editor — Fifty-five years ago, my mother attended Yakima Valley Community College as a divorced mother of two and a polio survivor. She used food stamps then as she pursued her education. She went on to teach elementary school for over 30 years in Washington state. I also used food stamps for three years as I pursued my education as a single mother. Nearly 40 percent of Americans will spend at least one year of their lives living in poverty.
In Washington’s 4th Congressional District, 18 percent of households receive SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps). Two- thirds of SNAP recipients are children. SNAP benefits help the elderly, people with disabilities, veterans, active duty military, the unemployed, and most working age adults who receive assistance also work.
That is why, as a member of the group Results, I am asking Rep. Dan Newhouse to vote against the new Farm Bill — the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). Results strongly opposes harmful changes to SNAP. I urge Rep. Newhouse to strengthen SNAP by increasing benefits so all families can have access to quality nutrition throughout the month along the lines of H.R. 1276- and put forth a robust bipartisan bill that protects and strengthens SNAP.