Did your kids eat three good meals today? If so, consider them lucky. Hunger is an epidemic in this country, and as many as 1 in 5 kids don’t get enough to eat.
Kids and families who suffer from hunger do have an important safety net: SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the federally funded food program formerly known as food stamps. In fact, nearly half of all SNAP participants are children. But – get this – Congress is currently working to reauthorize the Farm Bill, the legislation that provides funding for the SNAP program, and there are drastic cuts on the table.
How can we help preserve the SNAP program to make sure that families get enough foods and fresh produce they need? The nonprofit organization known as Share Our Strength has a No Kid Hungry campaign to wipe out the epidemic of child hunger in our country. If you visit http://nokidhungry.org/farmbill you can send a message to Congress, share your story, or contribute to the campaign.
And when you feed your kids tonight, remember how lucky you (and they) are to have food in your refrigerator, in your pantry, and on your table.