Friday, July 5, 2013

We Can't Afford to Forget About Those Who Hunger



I recently participated on a panel at the Watermark Church in Dallas, after a screening of 'A Place at the Table', a documentary about hunger and food insecurity in America. It's was an important time of helping some treasured friends of CitySquare (and mine), become more aware of the plight of many of our neighbors in our city who work hard, but simply don't make enough to eat. 

This is a subject we need to keep in front of everyone: in a country as rich as ours, no one should go hungry the fight against hunger and food insecurity must go beyond charitable responses!

Bill Moyers has picked up on this issue and made it the subject of a recent broadcast. Take the time to watch it...and try to do so without squirming around the impulse to explain away this gross inequity in our nation. We should all be ashamed that we allow this to exist...the implications go far beyond the need for something to eat...

"The story of American families facing food insecurity is as frustrating as it is heartbreaking, because the truth is as avoidable as it is tragic. Here in the richest country on earth, 50 million of us — one in six Americans — go hungry. More than a third of them are children. And yet Congress can’t pass a Farm Bill because our representatives continue to fight over how many billions to slash from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. The debate is filled with tired clich├ęs about freeloaders undeserving of government help, living large at the expense of honest, hardworking taxpayers. But a new documentary,A Place at the Table, paints a truer picture of America’s poor."
"“The cost of food insecurity, obesity and malnutrition is way larger than it is to feed kids nutritious food,” Kristi Jacobson, one of the film’s directors and producers, tells Bill. She and Mariana Chilton, director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, explain to Bill how hunger hits hard at people from every walk of life."
"“There’s no opportunity for people who are low-income to really engage in our democracy,” says Chilton. “I think they’re actively shut out.”"

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