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Child hungry without SNAP

Mark Amodei- We are Hungry, Save SNAP

Dear Mark Amodei, I have to reach out to you here since you have avoided all of our attempts to meet with you. Who are we? We are the ones that are receiving SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps. We are the ones who are struggling, and bearing witness to you repeatedly voting in favor of making our hard situation harder.  If you were to meet with us we would tell you that we are hungry, and our kids…

Breast cancer survivor

National Cancer Survivor Day Reflections from a Cancer Survivor

Two years ago on this day I was five months into a treatment plan for Stage II Breast Cancer. I had undergone two surgeries, and two months of chemotherapy were already in my rear-view mirror, but 12 more weeks of chemo plus 5 weeks of radiation lay ahead of me. I was diagnosed in January 2016 just a few weeks after my husband had been laid off from his job. We had health insurance, but because it was through the…

Food Stamps are an essential safety net for working families

Dear Editor, In November of 2017, my hard-working husband applied for his VISA, but was denied. Since then, I had to find ways to maintain a household, independently, and I found myself struggling making ends meet. It wasn’t until I applied for food stamps and received help to buy nutritious foods for my children. Food stamps have been a critical resource to me at times when I needed help to get enough food on the table for my family and…