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Letter: Protect children from hunger

By Mary Lynn Henderson, La Center
Published: October 23, 2018, 6:00am

Although cynicism and distrust seem to be a permanent feature of politics now, the good old-fashioned way of constituents writing letters and calling our representatives still works and, when coordinated with other passionate voices around the country, it can give cynicism and inaction a run for its money.

For example, many in our communities are recipients of programs that grassroots volunteers have supported to become policy, such as the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that authorizes most federal policies governing food and agriculture programs, including SNAP, which is our nation’s most critical anti-hunger program.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in five children receive benefits from SNAP. Whatever we disagree on politically, I think we can all agree that no child should go to bed hungry. However, in the House version of the Farm Bill, SNAP would be cut. In the current Senate version, SNAP will be protected.

Call or write to your representatives to ask them to vote for the Senate version to protect all American children from the pain of hunger.

More information is at www.results.org/take-action/action-center?vvsrc=/Campaigns.

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