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Poverty and hunger

To the Editor:

The most recent U.S. Census revealed a continuation of a high poverty rate: More than 46 million Americans, including one in five children, lived in poverty in 2011. That number is unacceptable for the world’s wealthiest country, and it can be changed if we as a nation decide to address it. History shows us that if poverty becomes a priority among our top elected leaders, the rate will fall. That is why this year’s election needs to focus on finding solutions to this national crisis.

Every 3.6 seconds, a person dies of hunger in our world. About 75 percent of them are children.

Please care about children we can see as least as much as you care about potential children. There are more than 7,358 children in McHenry County living in poverty. Rent for a two-bedroom apartment costs on average $1,015 per month. Earning minimum wage means you need to work 98 hours per week to pay for this.

To hear the views of what President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will do to solve poverty and hunger, view the videos and tell the presidential candidates that eliminating hunger and poverty is an important election issue to you. Watch at: http://act.bread.org/site/R?i=KQy1dvklHgltZTPd8b2AwA.

Please use fact check for information shared during the elections. Ask your local, state and national elected officials about how they vote on hunger-related issues.

You can check out their national voting records at www.bread.org

Thanks for voting. It is how we tell our elected officials we are paying attention.

Deb Martin

McHenry

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