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Fighting hunger

To the Editor:

What does your church do to fight hunger? Give food to the local food bank? Do a few volunteer shifts at the pantry? Good for you. Does your church have an extra $50,000 per year to help the hungry in our communities? That is what will be needed if Congress cuts hunger funds in the 2013 budget.

Will members in your church write letters to or call Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, urging them to sustain current funding for the proven safety net programs of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children)?

Form a circle of protection around the most vulnerable in our community. During the past years of hardship in our country, these programs proved to work by keeping people from falling into poverty and hunger. Go to for what to do. Pray and act to fight the silent disaster of hunger.

Every 80 minutes, a veteran commits suicide. This needs to stop. We do not need more weapons, we need defense money to support the men and women who serve our country. Why did the Republican majority in the U.S. House oppose the bipartisan veterans jobs bill inSeptember? Our vets should not be hungry or unemployed if healthy.

Hunger is not about politics, yet one bill in Congress can plunge more citizens into poverty or keep the safety net in place. Silence is not an option. Jesus spoke often about justice for the poor. Please help as you are able.

Deb Martin



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