Hunger Vigil Says Thanks to Donors, Asks for Support For Food Stamp Funding
By Tayler Overschmidt on July 25, 2012
GREENSBORO - The Triad chapter of Bread for the World sponsored a prayer vigil for the hungry.
The vigil at the Department of Social Services gave thanks and prayers for those who have given food to local pantries and to those who are working to fix food stamp software problems.
"For many individuals and families, it makes all the difference in the world," Bob Herron, the coordinator for the chapter, said. "They aren't living high on the hog. It's a matter of life and death for them."
Since the food stamp glitches started in mid-May, Greensboto Urban Ministry has helped a record number of hungry people. From May 17 through July 24, more than 1,500 more people needed food assistance than the same time last year.
If you want to help today, you don't have to give anything from your pantry or wallet. Congress is proposing cuts for the SNAP food stamp program. Urban Ministry says that would mean religioius groups would have to raaise $50,000 a year for the next 10 years to make up the difference.
The cuts have already passed in the House of Representatives, but you can write to the North Carolina senators to let them know your views.