I remember my first encounter with extreme poverty.
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Good news. When you sit down at the Thanksgiving dinner table next week, with a spread of oven-baked turkey, fluffy white mashed potatoes, and steaming gravy, your wallet will be a little less empty.
I think this country needs a new book that reflects a new way of feeding hungry Americans. Instead of Eat This, Not That! we need Do This, Not That!
You can’t have both guns and butter. House Republicans have taken this old piece of federal budget wisdom seriously. They’ve opted for guns — not over butter, but over food assistance for poor people.
The guns at issue here are funds for defense. Sequestration, i.e., the annual across-the-board cuts required by the Budget Control Act, would reduce them by $54.7 billion a year.
Some years ago, I was fired from a job I’d had for a long time. I was told my position had been restructured out of existence. But it sure felt like firing to me.
This was during a recession. And as time went on — and hopes dwindled — I got to thinking about what would happen if I never found work again.
No one should have to make a cost-benefit case for eliminating hunger. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a worthwhile thing to do.
Among other things, it raises our awareness of the human and economic wastes we tolerate because we won’t, as a nation, invest enough in programs that would significantly reduce hunger.
I wouldn’t want to leave the impression that the just-passed funding allocations for the US Department of Agriculture are fine, except for the cut to WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). The House also took the knife to two other nationwide food assistance programs — the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and […]
The Food Research and Action Center’s annual summer meals report reminds us that hunger doesn’t take a vacation. Low-income children who get free or reduced-price meals during the school year need to eat during the summertime too. And their families don’t get higher food stamp benefits just because they’ve got to feed each of their school-age […]
Last Friday, the House Republican majority approved Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan for next year’s federal budget. Most of the coverage has focused on the plan to privatize Medicare and convert Medicaid into a block grant. A less noted, but also alarming part would cut federal funding for SNAP (the food stamp program) and convert it […]
The latest food hardship report from the Food Research and Action Center is one more indication that the recession is by no means over for a vast number of Americans. In 2010, the nationwide food hardship rate was barely lower than in 2009 — 18%, as compared to 18.3%. In the other words, nearly one out […]