SNAP to Attention: Pay Attention to Farm Bill
By Beth Messersmith
Hunger is a constant challenge here in the Tar Heel State. While it may not dominate every news cycle, one in 7 North Carolina families struggles to put food on the table on a daily basis. In fact, food insecurity is so omnipresent here that North Carolina has earned the heartbreaking distinction of being the 10th hungriest state in the nation.
Unfortunately, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, better known as the House Republican Farm Bill, currently under consideration has the potential to make things much worse. It would impose unnecessary, damaging and overly restrictive work requirements on people who need SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, which helps families afford groceries when they’re going through hard times.
The premise behind the bill’s new restrictions – that somehow people who use SNAP are lazy – is offensive and wrong. More than half of SNAP households have at least one working-age, non-disabled adult who holds a job while receiving SNAP. Many of those who don’t are ill, attending school, trying to escape an abusive relationship, or have caregiving needs or responsibilities that prevent them from being in – or staying in – the workforce. Continue reading
Tags: child hunger, food insecurity, food stamps
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