Monday, July 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

Letter to the Editor: Willie Dickerson

Dear Editor,

The Puyallup Tribe’s timely and generous donation to food banks will greatly help many people keep food on their tables during the holiday season. (‘Spreading Cheer: Tribe's Donation Helps Those Who Need It Most,” Dec. 18, 2013) The need is even greater since the Nov. 1 cuts to the food stamp program (S.N.A.P.). Before those cuts, census data says this program kept 5 million out of poverty in 2012.

It is estimated with the November cuts and proposed cuts currently in negotiation in Congress, that the demand on food banks will double (according to Feeding America). Children make up 47 percent of recipients. This is not the time to cut food stamps even more. This unnecessary situation of increased hunger in America can be reversed by active citizens voicing their opinions to elected leaders. Write, call, Tweet, email, Facebook to avert this potential tragedy.

Willie Dickerson