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Nutrition assistance program is working

Amy DeLaCruz, an outreach worker with Project Bread, was at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in the fall, encouraging people to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2011

Amy DeLaCruz, an outreach worker with Project Bread, was at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in the fall, encouraging people to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

RE “FOOD-STAMP assault: GOP should stick a fork in it’’ : Kudos to the Globe for its Jan. 30 editorial highlighting the facts about the success of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is one of the most effective first lines of defense against hunger in the United States, and has been critical in responding to food insecurity and improving health outcomes, especially during the recent recession. In Massachusetts, SNAP is helping to put food on the table for more than 800,000 low-income residents, most of whom are in families with children.

What makes the program remarkable is that, in addition to mitigating the effects of hunger and keeping greater numbers of Americans from slipping into poverty, it is considered by economists to be one of the most effective forms of economic stimulus. Moody’s Analytics estimates that every dollar increase in SNAP benefits generates $1.72 in economic activity.

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The vast majority of Americans understand the value of the program. According to a recent poll conducted for Food Research Action Committee, voters are very concerned about hunger in America, and more than three-fourths oppose cutting food stamps to reduce spending. SNAP is doing just what it was designed to do, and deserves our support.

Georgia D. Katsoulomitis

Executive director

Patricia Baker

Senior policy analyst

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Boston

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