Saturday, November 9, 2013

SNAP benefits in jeopardy for more than 20 million children

Colleen Flaherty
Education Votes

JEdwin Wensman is a retired English teacher in White Bear Lake, Minn. where child hunger is very real.

“I currently deliver food packages every Thursday to many of our local elementary children who are in need of food to get them through the weekends when they can’t rely on breakfasts and lunches provided by the local school district,” said Wensman.

Even in what Wensman says is a “well-to-do” suburb of St. Paul, he personally delivered 70 packages to one elementary school for just one week. Wensman’s story is no anomaly; a majority of students in the South (53 percent) and, for the first time, the West (50 percent) live in poverty, and now, access to food for children in low-income families may be compromised again.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, were cut for more than 47 million lower-income people last week. According to the USDA, the cuts will leave people on food stamps an average of $1.40 to spend on each meal.

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