Tuesday, June 07, 2005

National Hunger Awareness Day

The American Street assembles the Hunger Digest or, What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing Going Hungry In A Big Strong Nation Like This?:
Money for Africa? Sez the Prez:

"It doesn’t fit our budgetary process."

Hunger right here in America? The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported in February that Bush put forward a budget that

"…proposes food stamp cuts that will eliminate benefits for approximately 300,000 people primarily in low-income working families "

At the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) website, we read the following:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports, based on a national U.S. Census Bureau survey of households representative of the U.S. population, that in 2003 11.2 percent of all U.S. households were "food insecure" because of lack of resources. Of the 12.6 million households that were food insecure, 3.9 million suffered from food insecurity that was so severe that USDA’s very conservative measure classified them as “hungry.”

Food stamp use increased by over 155,000 from February to March this year. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the House Agriculture Committee, is considering cutting all agriculture programs by 1 percent, which would mean a loss to the Food Stamp Program of $2 billion over five years.

12 million families went hungry in 2004, including at least 13 million children. That's a crying shame in this country. Surely we can do better.

Here are some resources. As they say, pick a good charity and give a couple dollars.

My philosophy on charity is that it's better to give a little bit here and there. I think some people see charity as a big event. A thousand bucks, or a couple hundred. My magic number is $15. That's what I give to political campaigns, charities, etc. I can eat one less pizza for whatever the cause is, and I know that giving up some movies might do someone some real good. Don't think of charity as a big end of year deal. Think of it like paying the monthly bills.

If taxes are the price of living in a free society, charity is the entry fee for living in a better world.