By Eric Mitchell
If you tuned in earlier this week to the presidential debate, you probably noticed a couple of glaring omissions: hunger and poverty. We hope the vice presidential candidates can do better when they meet Tuesday, October 4, to debate the most pressing issues that face America.
This week, the Vote to End Hunger coalition (Bread is a member) sent moderator Elaine Quijano a request from 630,000 voters to ask the vice presidential candidates, Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, about hunger and poverty.
There is a lot at stake in this election. The next administration and Congress cannot be silent when it comes to hunger. One in six U.S. children struggles with hunger, and 43 million Americans live below the poverty line — including millions of our veterans.
Urge Elaine Quijano to ask the candidates what they will do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide.
Hunger is too big of an issue to ignore, and silence is acceptance. The most vulnerable among us — children, seniors, and veterans — need us and the candidates to speak up.
I’m voting to end hunger because I believe we can do something about it.
Eric Mitchell is the director of government relations at Bread for the World.