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Create an online store for low-income

The cuts to SNAP benefits will create greater difficulties for low-income families in the Carpentersville area when it comes to purchasing healthy foods.

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The village of Carpentersville could create an online supermarket to make purchasing healthy foods easier for low-income families receiving SNAP benefits. In order to have this online supermarket work, Carpentersville could negotiate with a local grocery store to lower the prices of healthy foods such as fresh produce and grains, so SNAP recipients can purchase them with their benefits. Families and individuals can place orders at the local library, schools or government building and can pick up the food themselves or it can be delivered to their homes.

The group most affected by SNAP cuts is children, and their well-being should not be compromised because they were born into a less fortunate family. If this supermarket were to be implemented, families could afford to buy healthier foods for their children which would decrease the risk of obesity and diabetes.

Additionally, food security and healthy diets have been proved to allow children to perform better in school and increase the likelihood they will further their education. More education means they could break the cycle of poverty in their families.

Furthermore, the option to have food delivered to the household would give the parents the freedom to work more hours, find a better paying job and have a great presence in their children's lives, ensuring stronger relationships and better futures.

Although cuts to the SNAP program are inevitable, the village of Carpentersville can ease the burden on these families by creating an online supermarket for low-income families to purchase healthy foods.

Daniela Herrera

Algonquin

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