Written by Kimberly Freeman Brown, Washington Office Chief of Green For All
Despite America’s wealth, many in our nation go hungry each day. A staggering 16 million children in this country live in homes where food isn’t a sure thing. Among African-American kids, the statistics are much worse. Nearly one-third don’t know where their next meal will come from—or if there will be a meal at all.
This simply shouldn’t happen in a nation as advanced as ours. That’s why federal food assistance programs like SNAP (formerly known as the food stamp program) were put into place. They’ve ensured that no matter what else happens, our children won’t go hungry. But now these essential food programs are under attack.
Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to strip SNAP and other food assistance from the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013. The House then passed the altered bill on a 216-208 vote. This is devastating news. The SNAP program provides 47 million people with the help they need to buy the food our farmers grow. For nearly 40 years, food assistance has been included in the Farm Bill, drawing bipartisan support and unifying urban and rural Americans by addressing common needs...