On Wednesday I watched 150 people line up at our food pantry – mostly poor, elderly women, many of whom feed their extended family of adult children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews; but also men living with AIDS, women with babies and the disabled. With the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cuts that go into effect today, they will greatly suffer.
On average the cuts are 5%, which means that if one of these grandmothers now receives $100 month, that is decreasing to $95. That may be the daily cost of a Starbucks to most of us but for the poor in our community that means less nutrition, poorer health and hunger. Those of us who run food pantries are overwhelmed with spiraling demand. Consider donating even $5 to make up the SNAP cut this month for the poorest in our community.