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Food and farms

To the Editor:

Federal programs affect the food we eat.

Anti-hunger programs help millions of Americans living in poverty get enough food to eat. Federal farm programs support the farmers who grow our food and the systems that move the food from farms to our communities. These programs play a critical role in combating hunger.

Despite the wealth of resources in the United States, 48.8 million Americans are at risk of hunger, including one in five children. Many of those living in poverty depend upon federal nutrition assistance programs to feed their families. Most who receive this assistance are children, the elderly or people living with a disability. These are citizens with low-wage, full-time jobs and military families.

Assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Emergency Food Assistance Program and the federal school lunch program are the last line of defense against poverty.

Please tell Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Reps. Don Manzullo and Joe Walsh that our farmers and hungry people matter. We can’t cut funding for our vulnerable citizens while allowing the 1 percent to keep huge tax cuts that have not resulted in job growth since they went into effect.

Deb Martin



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