After reading a recent story about hunger among seniors ["Aid cuts would put food out of reach," Opinion, June 1], I am hoping that state legislators will make the important changes that anti-hunger organizations and AARP New York are recommending.
Something as simple as eliminating the name "food stamps" and moving all benefits under the heading of SNAP would really help change the perception of many seniors; 23 other states have moved to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program designation.
The food stamp benefit is discreet and easy to use. Benefits come on a card that looks and acts like a debit card. Gone are the slips of paper that many people still think they would have to pull out of their wallets at the checkout counter.
The name should reflect the changes that have been made in the way people use the benefit.
William Stoner, Hauppauge
Editor's note: The writer is AARP's associate state director for livable communities.