As a child recipient of benefits from federally funded hunger programs and local food banks, I am horrified that Congress continues to put forth budgets that cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by $125 billion.

To the Editor:

As a child recipient of benefits from federally funded hunger programs and local food banks, I am horrified that Congress continues to put forth budgets that cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by $125 billion.

This move would force millions of hungry Americans out of the program -- Americans like my mother, who worked multiple jobs with small children at home to put herself through school to become a teacher, or children, like I was, who have no control over their parents' circumstances. SNAP has proven to improve nutrition and health outcomes for children and has a 96 percent accuracy and 1 percent fraud rate.

While one in five children is at risk for hunger, and as our community rallies around the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to bring hunger relief to families, seniors and children, our elected officials are not representing the interests of our community. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, along with our representatives in the House, must stand against this tyranny and ensure nutrition programs are fully funded. Congress can't take this money and use it for costly tax breaks for businesses and wealthy individuals.

With the help of programs like SNAP, I was able to grow up to graduate from college and have a successful career. I don't need SNAP for my children, but without the program, other children will not have the opportunities. We can and must do better for all children.

Tiffany Grinstead