Most receiving food stamps are already working

The current efforts to impose work requirements to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) have many flaws and at least one big flaw: Most recipients receiving SNAP benefits already work.

They work hard and they earn low wages. And some workers often don’t get the opportunity to work the proposed 20 hours a week requirement because their employers schedule their workers on an “as needed” basis which could result in less than 20 hours worked in a given week.

Others may be between jobs as low-wage jobs are too often, not secure jobs. So I am calling on Sens. Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray and my congressman, Adam Smith to continue their fight against these harmful restrictions on access to SNAP.

Zelda Foxall

Seattle

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