federal proposals to slash billions of dollars from the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are something that U.S. Rep. Tammy
Duckworth (D, IL-8) says she takes personally.
“I was hungry as a child,” the congresswoman said at a Monday roundtable discussion in Arlington Heights on hunger and SNAP cuts.
When Duckworth was in high school, her father lost his job and was
unemployed for about fours years. During that time, Duckworth’s family
relied on SNAP, or food stamps. But even with SNAP assistance, Duckworth
said she often had to save items from her school breakfast and lunch to
avoid going hungry during the weekend.
“It just disturbs me that
in the greatest nation in the world, one of the richest nations on the
face of the earth, we have kids who go to bed hungry ... we have seniors who
go to bed hungry,” Duckworth said. “We have adults who have to choose
between medicine or food, and that’s just simply wrong.” Read more »