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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.