Haven’t you heard that many soldiers’ families are getting SNAP to survive?
Don’t you think “love” is part of your job description?
Try it on for size.
Do you want to see the actual headline:
“U.S. votes to cancel main anti-hunger program.”
This won’t play well in underdeveloped nations,
Let alone in our land.
Disbelief and disrespect will follow.
Instead, open your eyes and your hearts —
Weave that safety net, make it strong.
Don’t shame yourself or your country.
Distribute a message of hope and caring.
For food is respect for life,
And central to nourishing.
To those of you reps who voted for food stamps:
When the real vote comes, do it again — and nobody shrink the net.
A thousand thanks, always.
Patricia Allen Upham