Grace Woodham: SNAP benefits insufficient under current law

To the editor:

I am a former chronic fatigue patient, now in remission. I lived eight years on disability. Rather than go in debt for a surprise medical emergency, I kept a few thousand dollars in my bank account so that I could pay my medical bills as needed.

As you may be aware, there is a $2,500 asset limit for SNAP. Although my Social Security income was well below the poverty line, I was still not eligible for food stamps. I find it absurd that someone with a chronic immunodeficiency is barred from seeking appropriate nutrition.

There are a lot of problems with the current system but overdependence is not one of them. If anything, benefits should be expanded.

Grace Woodham
Center Conway