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Representative Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) urged the House of Representatives to keep Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in the Farm Bill, saying senior citizens in her district “eat dog food when their food stamps run out,” and adding,  “I’m sure that somewhere in America today some poor soul is relying on dog food to take them through the month.”

On the House floor on July 11, Rep. Wilson said,  “Mr. Speaker, SNAP, Food Stamps, however you phrase it, is fundamental to the nutritional supplement to millions of Americans — black, white, feeble seniors, struggling mothers, disabled veterans and hungry children.”

“Mr. Speaker, it was reported to me that there are seniors in my district who eat dog food when their food stamps run out,” she said.  “I was appalled and went to see for myself, and I was dumbfounded. I fixed the situation, but I’m sure that somewhere in America today some poor soul is relying on dog food to take them through the month.”