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Essential Workers Need Food Stamps The Most


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    Essential workers such as those working in the food and restaurant business have been some of the most underpaid workers in our country. This includes workers in agriculture and first responders as well. You'd think they would receive extra help, because, after all, they are putting themselves at risk to keep the country running, protect us, and put food on our tables.

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should be available to every one of these type of workers. We should also consider the minimum wage here. Some states have taken the option to increase the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, but many states have not. That's $15,000 a year, which is just over the poverty line. I image many grocery workers not making much over that an hour. Food stamps could really make a difference for these workers, especially if they're making minimum wage. First responders, especially in small towns and communities don't make very much, despite the services they provide us. Agriculture workers are some of the lowest paid out there. The government and states should find some way of making this assistance possible for essential workers who are struggling. Simply put, it's helping those who help us.

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    Yeah, I'd like to focus on first responders here. My brother is a fire fighter/paramedic. These workers were already putting themselves into risky/high stress situations even before all of this happened. His city is notorious for underpaying their public servants, especially the fire department. Sadly, many cities are this way. In many cases, fire fighters starting out don't make very much, and their insurance can be way too expensive. My brother was one of them, and he struggled. These folks need all the help we can give them. It's the least we can do.
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    BlankCheck Wrote:

    We should also consider the minimum wage here. Some states have taken the option to increase the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, but many states have not. That's $15,000 a year, which is just over the poverty line.

    Yeah it is over it if you are single. If you have a family to support its way under. A family of four's poverty line is about $26k. No brainer to give all front line and essential workers more money and SNAP across the board.