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Lesley: Child hunger problem could get worse

Bruce Lesley, president,
First Focus Campaign for Children,
Washington, D.C.

Re. “Child hunger in Colo. growing, report says” by Kathryn Turner, Aug. 29

The area’s increase in child hunger (“Child hunger in Colo. growing, report says,” Aug. 29) is alarming. But the problem could get worse, if some politicians have their way.

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food for over 20 million kids. And it works – the childhood hunger rate would be much higher without SNAP. Making food more affordable also reduces child poverty, because fewer parents must make the heartbreaking choice between paying the rent and putting food on the table.

Some in Congress have proposed deep cuts to SNAP, and with 47 cents of every SNAP dollar going to children, there’s no way their plan won’t deny food to kids.

Yes, the federal government has budget problems. But hungry kids didn’t cause them, and making child hunger worse is the wrong way to solve them.