Today I read an article by Katherine Elizabeth Tuggle on the Fox Business website entitled "Food Prices are on the Rise, Here’s How to Fight Back". The article states that food prices are expected to increase between 2.5% and 3.4% this year, on top of 2011’s 3.7% increase.
What another tough pill to swallow, especially with some in Congress eager to cut funding to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or as most of us know the program by – food stamps. With unemployment rates high, and the housing market still slow, cutting SNAP in any capacity is ridiculous. To cut funding will leave some families without the ability to put meals on the table.
Many of us already know first hand what life is like to be hungry, and that is unacceptable. I'm glad that some states have tv commercials to education people regarding SNAP qualification. It's not about the government wanting people on food stamps, as some think. It's about making sure everyone who needs assistance with purchasing food gets it. There are a lot of people in the US who don't know they qualify for SNAP, and instead of getting help, they are starving everyday.
The talk of SNAP being the US’s biggest welfare program, and the issue of fraud really are silly, ignorant complaints from people who believe the poor are generally lazy, and should not have anything of real benefit, including food. The people who take advantage of the program are small in comparison to those who really need it, and whether SNAP is the biggest welfare program is a moot point when so many of us are struggling.
It remains to be seen how Congress will vote as far as cuts, but if you are concerned about the struggling families in this country, please contact your Congressperson and let them know what you think.
As always, comments are welcome and appreciated.