Congressional Hunger Games

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It would seem that many of our politicians are playing hunger games with the most vulnerable in our nation.  Living on $4.50 per day to feed yourself is difficult, especially if you are doing it for longer than a week and it is not the only poverty issue you face.  Yet, Senate Democrats voted to cut $4.1 billion from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or about $90 a month in benefits for 500,000 households.  At the same time, House Republicans voted to keep farm subsidies, which mostly benefit wealthy individuals and corporations.

Any illusion that people living off of SNAP benefits are doing so in luxury would be dispelled by the findings of a recent survey, which found that nearly one-quarter of Americans have trouble putting food on the table.  These deep cuts would disproportionately affect children, who make up nearly half of the participants, and the elderly, who make up nearly ten per cent.  Cuts to SNAP would not reduce dependence on welfare, as children who have access to food stamps have better health outcomes and less dependence on welfare later in life.

So why are we not solving this problem?  Do we really want to see people go hungry in America?  Perhaps the problem is not yet solved because those receiving food stamps have little to no political voice, and a lack of a united front on this issue.  But there should be, especially after Obama said that we had a ‘moral imperative’ to alleviate hunger in Africa.  The problem of hunger is equally present in urban and rural communities, and adversely affects a diverse range of Americans.  So what can you do to end hunger in America?

There are a variety of ways you can get involved:

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James McComas

I bring a background in researching and writing to the Campaign Consultation team for my role as Administrative and Project Assistant. Prior to joining Campaign Consultation, I was a research intern for BUS 52, a year-long project which sought out organizations and individuals across the continental United States who worked to positively change their communities in innovative ways. I also assisted a journalist researching climate change issues. Read more.

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