Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry: Proposed SNAP Rule Changes Will Not Help Reduce Hunger in New Mexico
Louise Pocock, an attorney for the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty, argues that this is not the right time to restore the requirements. “If we had a glut of jobs in this state it would be one thing to consider making this mandatory, but that’s just not the case,” Ms. Poccok told The Associated Press. Read More in The Albuquerque Journal.
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Speaks Out Against Changes
Here is what the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico, led by Ruth Hoffman, said in its August newsletter.
New Mexico has among the highest rates of hunger in the country and nearly 30% of our children are experiencing hunger. The SNAP program is vital to those struggling to meet their families' nutritional needs. It is also vital to local food and grocery stores and to America's farmers. Remember, SNAP is administered by the U.S. Agriculture Department.
Whether or not HSD will be able to administer this proposed change is not a small question. Let's work together to address poverty and hunger by raising the minimum wage, creating high-paying jobs that can provide family-sustaining income, making quality child care more affordable and available as well as increasing the amount of affordable housing, not by putting up more barriers for people living in poverty to overcome.
Want to make your voice heard on this issue? Here's how.
Addressing this issue in a House Agriculture Subcommittee
Watch the exchange on YouTube.