This page presents the views of the candidate Cindy Axne (D), running in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District in 2018 against incumbent candidate Rep. David Young (R). Both candidates were invited to respond to the coalition’s questions on six important federal child and family policy issues. All responses are printed without editing.
A thank you to the Axne campaign for responding to these important questions.
The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides assistance to 366,000 Iowans at some time during the year, 71 percent of those in families with children. The Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) programs provide nutrition counseling and additional food assistance to pregnant women, infants, and young children, covering more than one-third of all Iowa children birth to four. These programs have reduced the number of people considered food insecure, but one in eight Iowans still do not have an adequate supply of nutritious and safe food. There have been different Congressional proposals to cut the SNAP program and add additional work requirements as requirements for participation. The SNAP and WIC programs currently provide a foundation for the health and well-being of children and often are the only source of public assistance families with young children struggling to get by receive.
What actions will you take to reduce food insecurity to ensure children have access to safe and nutritious food for healthy development?
During my time working at the state government, I saw first-hand the effects of food scarcity on childhood achievement levels. There is no reason why children should have to go to bed hungry, or should worry about where their next meal is going to come from. Our schools should have the resources to ensure that every child is getting the food they need. Further, the federal programs that provide access to safe and nutritious food should always be fully funded, and we should work to expand these programs to ensure that every child gets the start they deserve.