Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Ernst: Setting a place at the table for hungry families

In a time of intense division in Washington, one thing Republicans and Democrats still agree on is that no child should ever go to bed on an empty stomach. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, helps ensure that does not happen.

But, with rising prices hitting hard and tens of thousands of families across the country waiting in a backlog to be approved for aid, some administrators of the program are jumping the line to snatch up the SNAP dollars, either as a meal ticket to beef up state budgets or a self-serve buffet of benefits all for themselves!