In 2013, more than 1 in 5 children in the U.S. were at risk of going to bed hungry every night (21 percent). Studies show that children who are regularly hungry suffer from weakened immune systems, slowed and abnormal growth, and anemia.
SNAP has been critical in helping low-income families out of poverty.
The U.S. Census reports that SNAP lifted 4.8 million people out of poverty in 2013. SNAP is also very effective, with a 96 percent accuracy rate. Despite this success, Congress is again looking to make deep cuts to SNAP. This would force millions of children and families deeper into poverty.
I urge Michael Bennet, Mark Udall and Doug Lamborn to stand up for hungry Americans and strongly oppose cuts to SNAP during budget negotiations.