Ensure Access to Food Stamps

Target: Sonny Perdue, Secretary of U.S. Agriculture

Goal: Make sure everyone has access to essential nutrition during economic hard times.

It could soon be much harder for low-income individuals to receive food stamps without passing burdensome drug tests and job-training requirements. The reason is that the process for acquiring Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits—colloquially known as food stamps—might change from a federally funded practice to one where individual state governments have more authority to impose criteria for eligibility.

While many supporters of this move suggest that food stamps become a permanent lifestyle for some Americans, data shows otherwise: 42 million Americans currently receive SNAP benefits. That’s 3 million less than in 2013. With low wages and high housing and medical costs, food stamps often allow families to provide food that might otherwise be considered a secondary necessity. Jane Clements-Smith, executive director of Feeding Pennsylvania, said, “SNAP is critical to getting people back on their feet during trying times when they are making choices between utilities, rent, and food.” Access to adequate, healthy food should not be a privilege. The government must use the funds it has allocated for this cause to prevent citizens from going hungry.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Perdue,

Millions of low-income Americans depend on food stamps to provide financial relief at grocery stores. Food stamps are not a permanent solution; while many families and senior citizens depend on SNAP benefits, the number of people that receive food stamps is still down by 3 million since 2013. Low wages coupled with high housing and medical costs sometimes leave Americans wondering how they will put food on the table. Food stamps allow these Americans to afford the food they otherwise could not buy.

SNAP benefits must be regulated by the federal government and be made available to any citizens that qualify for them. Doing this will ensure the citizens of our country have access to the food that they need. I ask that you continue to federally regulate SNAP benefits.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Under Trump the economy is growing for a change. And when I see food stamps being traded and sold around then I think it’s time for a change in the system.

  2. That any child be left hungry is vile. Many people work at low paying jobs, sometimes more than one, and still don’t have enough for food. I guess the answer is to move out on the streets, thereby removing the expense of housing, so there is enough money left to buy nutritious food. Blaming poor people for the one sided economy, the low wages, the high cost of healthcare, housing and childcare absolves those who take advantage of them. Check the stats before pointing fingers.

  3. Gen Agustsson says:

    vegan food on food stamps now!

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