Adequate nutrition is one of the most important factors to childhood development and children provided with adequate nutrition growing up are more likely to be happy, healthy, productive adults.
Currently, 69 percent of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Iowa are families with children.
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be part of a nuclear family where my parents worked and food insecurity was not part of my reality. Unfortunately, this freedom and security is not universal: one in eight people in Iowa relied on SNAP in 2016. Despite the upfront costs, SNAP is beneficial for us economically: in 2016, $508 million was pumped into Iowa’s economy as a direct result of SNAP.
As the administration considers appropriations, I would encourage Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst to protect Iowans and our economy and reject proposed cuts and restrictions to the SNAP program.