Letter: We must urge our representatives to protect SNAP benefits

I appreciated the article published on Sept. 12th describing the United Way's lofty goal of raising $6.25 million by the end of 2018. The United Way is an amazing organization that provides a variety of services for our neighbors, which in turn r...

I appreciated the article published on Sept. 12th describing the United Way's lofty goal of raising $6.25 million by the end of 2018. The United Way is an amazing organization that provides a variety of services for our neighbors, which in turn reduces hunger and homelessness and even lifts people out of poverty. These results align similarly with SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). I would love to see our community support SNAP the same way it supports the United Way.

Reports show that 10.7 percent of North Dakotans live below the poverty level. Seven percent of the state's population receives SNAP benefits, and 72 percent of those families have children. Yet, the House of Representatives passed a version of the farm bill that adds work requirements to make even fewer families eligible for SNAP.

Fortunately, the Senate supports a version of the farm bill that protects SNAP. The farm bill will be voted on at the end of this month, so thank you to those senators who are working to keep the farm bill bipartisan, especially Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. Let's continue to support our neighbors and support building bridges out of poverty.

Schwehr lives in Fargo.