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