Dear Members of Congress,
I made a trip to our local farmers’ market this morning to choose among the amazing summertime bounty of fruits and vegetables from the NY/PA border region.
I was pleased to see the market so crowded and gratified to see that the vendors accepted SNAP benefit vouchers from shoppers. The people that I saw using vouchers this morning were retirement age women, but I know that there are also younger adults and families in our area who use SNAP benefits, even though household members have jobs.
I call on you to expand food benefits programs such as SNAP and WIC so that everyone in the USA has access to all the food they need to maintain or improve their health.
I also call on you to ensure that employers pay their employees a living wage, so that they don’t need to rely on government programs for basic necessities.
Both are ways to “promote the general welfare” as you are called to do by our Constitution.