To the editor:
A recent news brief mentioned Ahmed Husein at the Burnsville Learning Center and Ahmed Baraki at the ABA Child Care Centers are part of the Child Care Food program, where enrolled children and adults will receive nutritious foods which meet USDA standards. Young minds do better when they are well nourished, a deciding factor in determining children’s future and the well-being of our elderly. Not all children and older folks receive that kind of service, and statistics of the number of reduced-price meals at local schools and struggling seniors make the point. Thousands of the families in the south metro area aren’t well nourished.
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump agree that economic prospects for middle- and low-income people must be improved if our country is to maintain its status as a competitive country in the industrial world. They see there must be an access to decent food for all Americans to perform at their jobs.
After the recession a decade ago, SNAP (food stamps) lifted 5 million people out of poverty in our country in a year. In Minnesota, scores of thousands were benefited, many thousand in the 2nd District and Dakota County. People want to sustain themselves and their community.
Angie Craig, 2016 candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, was raised in a trailer park and hears well the message of growing from the kind of hand-up given by this program. She grew successful in business, rising to the position of vice president of a $5 billion company in Maple Grove. Whether by government commodity, food shelf or other nutritious food-source, we can develop the talents of hardworking, often underpaid employees and contractors in our society.