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Culinate Newsletter September 27

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,
 Allow me to soapbox for a minute, will you?

 Our Sift section this week contains a mention of the House of Representatives' recent decision to cut spending for the federal food assistance program, or SNAP. Critics of SNAP claim that the program is no longer affordable, that it contains inefficiencies or even examples of fraud. But actually, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, SNAP works pretty darned well, "\[meeting\] the needs of low-income Americans while maintaining strong program integrity and payment accuracy." 

 I can't shake the feeling that this vote was little more than a case of mean-spirited politics — at a time when record numbers of people need the help that SNAP affords them. 

 Fortunately, the Senate hasn't passed its own version of the bill, and even if it were to pass a bill that approves such cuts, President Obama has vowed to veto it. SNAP helps to feed nearly 1 in 6 Americans — at least two-thirds of whom are children or elderly people; it's a government program that's working well and needs our current level of support. 

 We don't get to allocate our own tax dollars, but if I could allocate mine, I'd use them to buy more food for hungry people any day.

 Kim Carlson
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