8:30 AM CST, February 17, 2013
In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said "we can't just cut our way to prosperity" ("Obama outlines ambitious agenda for second term," Feb. 13). I could not agree more. More than 12.5 percent of households in Maryland and 50 million families across America — seniors, children, individuals with disabilities, and the working poor — face hunger. They skip meals, decide whether to pay for heating costs or food and try to make limited dollars stretch at the grocery store. At such a time, it is unimaginable that some in Congress would even consider cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This Congress has a chance for a fresh start and part of that start should include an investment in programs like SNAP. Such an investment would go a long way to alleviating the struggles that so many of our neighbors face. And it would benefit our economy, as every dollar spent in SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in local economic activity. Strengthening SNAP supports Americans in need and our economy. It's a win-win.
Cathy Demeroto, Severna Park