Bread for the World team meets with Iowa State University students
June 6, 2012
© Ames Tribune
After the recent recommendation by the House of Representatives to cut more than $169 billion from food assistance programs, the local Bread for the World team met with Iowa State University students to share a “hunger meal” at the Lutheran Campus Ministry in Ames on April 22.
According to Bread for the World member Pat Hougen, the proportion of federal food aid to charitable food donations is larger than most people think. With only 6 percent of food aid coming from charity organizations, such as local food pantries, drastic cuts in federal food assistance programs would have a serious effect on more than 46 million people who rely on food assistance to put food on the table.
To illustrate, out of twenty grocery sacks filled with food, only one is filled by churches and charity organizations. The rest are filled by federally funded programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the school lunch program, and food stamps. During a worship service after the meal, participants wrote letters to Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin, urging them to protect national and international food assistance.