Letter to the Editor

Mind the nutrition gap

AtascaderoSeptember 7, 2013 

The United States has the second-highest child poverty rate among the world’s richest 35 nations, and the cost in economic and educational outcomes is half a trillion dollars a year.

Inadequate nutrition during those critical years of gestation and the first five years of developing and learning means children do not develop well physically, emotionally and cognitively, and do not do well in school. By depriving children of adequate nutrition, we are creating a crisis in human potential. Our future depends on raising healthy, well-educated children.

One of the most effective programs that ensures children receive adequate nutrition is the food stamp program, also know as SNAP. The Senate passed a bill that would cut $4 billion from that program during the next 10 years. A House bill would have cut $10 billion over 10 years, but it only passed the farm subsidy part of the legislation.

Please write to your representatives and senators, and urge them to restore the food stamp part of the farm bill with no cuts.

We must not turn our backs on our hungry children and what that means for our future as a nation. We don’t fund our military with charity, and we should not depend on charity to feed our children.

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