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The following statement is attributable to Michael J. Wilson, Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions:
Maryland Hunger Solutions applauds the Maryland Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives for joining every Democratic Member of the House of Representatives in yesterday’s action to protect struggling American families and stand against SNAP cuts in the Farm Bill that would increase hunger in Maryland and across the country. As their letter (pdf) says, “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our country’s most critical anti-hunger program. Nearly half of SNAP enrollees are children, and the program helps feed roughly one in three children in America. Additionally, almost 75 percent of SNAP participants are in households with children, seniors, or a disabled individual.”
If SNAP is weakened, our state will not only see increased hunger, but also worse health and educational outcomes, and higher health costs – especially among our children. It is time for the House majority – starting with Maryland’s own Representative Andy Harris – to step back in line with the values of the American people, do what is best for the people of Maryland, and vote for a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens SNAP.