Thursday, September 6, 2012

We Can End Hunger in America. Shame on Us if We Don't!

A new poll released by Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), reveals that Americans oppose cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. While down somewhat from the first of the year, 59 out of 141 respondents say that cutting SNAP is the wrong way to reduce federal spending. 

This is significant in light of a new USDA report that 1 in 6 U.S. families are struggling with hunger. 

'Share Our Strength' a national organization devoted to eradicating hunger and food insecurity, are partnering with one of my favorite actors, Jeff Bridges, to both get the word out and families struggling with childhood hunger in our country. The Food Network will broadcast a documentary, 'Hunger at Home', focusing on families throughout the U.S. for whom putting food on the table is a significant challenge. Here's the one hour film... (if you can't view the embed, click on the link).

My friend Larry James recently quoted our colleague Dr. Kevin Vicknair who oversees the work of our food programming who says we are observing just how deep the situation is in our pantry:

 "From January to July of 2012, the Food Pantry provided food to 12,901 individuals, of whom 4,478 (34.7%) have never before required our services and 2,283 (17.7%) who have returned after not needing us for at least six months."

"This lets me know that the economy is not only pushing new people below the poverty threshold, but is in fact returning many people to the poverty rolls who had started to be self-sufficient but once again find themselves struggling."

We can do something about hunger in America. 

We have the money. 

We have the programs. 

Do we have the will? Shame on us if we don't. 

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