Re "Matsui joining protest of food stamp cuts" (Page A4, June 13): On Thursday, the U.S. House is expected to take a vote on a bill that proposes to cut the food stamp program by $2 billion a year. Rep. Doris Matsui and 25 fellow Democrats protested the proposed cuts last week by spending only $4.50 a day on food -- the amount that person on food stamps receives.
Nearly 200,000 Sacramento County residents rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to prevent hunger. Eighty-three percent of all Food Stamp benefits go to households with a child, senior, or disabled person.
I applaud Matsui for recognizing how vital this program is to struggling Californians and for advocating against cuts. Food stamps are helping the neediest and most vulnerable in our society. Any cut to this program would result in hunger, an indignity that no California should experience.
-- Jessica Bartholow, Sacramento, Western Center on Law and Poverty