Stop Defaming SNAP, Start Helping Deserving Families


Stop Defaming SNAP, Start Helping Deserving Families

As a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I have sat through too many hearings on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Fourteen since February 2015, to be exact.
Yet, none of these hearings have resulted in any meaningful action for the program. Instead, they are exercises in futility, operating on misconceptions and perpetuating stereotypes.
Perhaps the most common misconception of the program is that it is plagued with fraud and abuse. But, let’s be clear: SNAP is working and its beneficiaries aren’t cheating the system.
In FY 2015, SNAP reached one in seven Americans. That’s more than 45 million people nationwide. …

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