Protect Funding For Nutrition and Food Assistance Programs
By Nancy Hamilton on August 31, 2011
© Kalamazoo Gazette
If Congressman Fred Upton, home for recess, visits Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, he will learn that in June local food pantries served 9,077 people (including 3,891 children), a 12 percent increase over last June. Such totals are expected to increase as our "jobless recovery" continues.
After Congress voted to raise the debt ceiling, Rep. Upton was named to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, which will convene in September.
The committee should seek deficit reduction measures that do not cut food assistance to people already struggling. Cutting nutrition programs and poverty-focused foreign assistance would be not only unfair and cruel but also counterproductive, as malnourished children suffer from long-term health effects jeopardizing their ability to become productive citizens.
As a Bread for the World member, I urge Rep. Upton and Congress to form a circle of protection around vital programs for poor and hungry people.