If we can bail out banks, we can help the hungry

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Thank you and the four Post-Gazette staffers who took the SNAP Challenge and wrote the June 16 article "Eating on $6 a Day No SNAP in Area." Until those of us who do have the means to buy nutritious food for our families "walk in the shoes" of those who do not, we cannot comprehend the emotional and physical toll poverty places on our neighbors.

Who will suffer if Congress makes cuts to SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)? In our country, 16.7 million children live in families that struggle to put food on the table. In Pennsylvania, more than 40 percent of food stamp recipients are children. The average monthly SNAP benefit in Pennsylvania was $128.43 per month ($4.28 per day), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In a nation that spent $700 billion to bail out our banks and car companies, is it not immoral to balance the budget by denying wholesome food to our children?

I am a member of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger. I am asking our U.S. senators and representatives to ensure that money is not cut from SNAP and to work together in a nonpartisan way for a balanced plan that includes revenues and responsible cuts.

MYRA L. MANN
Whitehall


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