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Don't ignore the hungry

Felipe Cruz of Chicago speaks about the hardship that proposed work requirements for SNAP recipients would cause his family if they go into effect, at the Common Pantry in Chicago on Wednesday, April, 18, 2018. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

Thank you for publishing Michael Wilson’s commentary about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (“SNAP food program at risk in House Farm Bill,” Aug. 17). The House version of the Farm Bill fails to acknowledge that most adults who receive SNAP and can work already do work, but often in jobs with unstable hours.

Many adults who have health conditions that make it difficult to work but who do not qualify for disability benefits also receive important food assistance from SNAP. Strict work requirements in the bill would likely result in many adults who are in poor health or who have jobs with unstable hours being cut off from critical food assistance, and their families would suffer as a result. I call on the entire Maryland congressional delegation to refuse to vote for a Farm Bill that would cut SNAP benefits for Americans who are struggling to get by.

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Lisa Peters, Rockville

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