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Help the hungry

Published: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

A startling 425,000 of our neighbors in northern Illinois are wondering where their next meal will come from.

Nearly half are children who are either going hungry or face a high risk of hunger on any given day. One in five kids across northern Illinois is food insecure. Be the one who makes a difference. Learn more about our hungry neighbors by taking the SNAP Challenge and live off the meal budget of a hungry neighbor – $5 per day per person – for one week.

If the U.S. House approves the cuts of $40 billion to kick off 4 million citizens from food stamps, it would require churches and charities to double our current giving to food banks. Can your church do this? Mine cannot.

We need to stop blaming the poor and end hunger in our country, not make more people hungry. We need to pass a responsible budget that serves the poor and vulnerable. SNAP is a proven program that, until recently, was supported by both parties.

Why have we allowed 50,000 children to be dropped from Head Start programs because of sequestration? Why do we continue to pay more in taxes for more prisons, but cut funds for education? Why don’t we raise the minimum wage so people can buy their own food instead of needing food stamps to supplement their income? The arguments against are the same used every time the wage increases.

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Deb Martin


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