Raliegh, NC area: Catholic food pantry in Raleigh gives out record amounts
Central and Northeast Missouri area: Mobile food pantry sees large numbers in first months
Stockton, CA area: Thousands cram Thanksgiving meal giveaway at Stockton food bank
Indianapolis area: Food pantries predict longer lines as food stamps are cut
How can the politicians in Washington DC let this happen, while continuing the massive tax breaks and subsidies to the largest corporations? (Terrance Heath again, Cut Corporate America's Free Lunch, Not Food Stamps.)
Headlines Tell The Story Of The DC/Rest-Of-Us Divide
The headlines tell the story of the divide between the DC elites and the rest of the country:
September, 2012 Wapo: Seven of nation's 10 most affluent counties are in Washington [DC] region
September, 2013 WSJ: Washington Sees Incomes Soar as Most of U.S. Declines
September, 2013 Gallup Poll More Americans Struggle to Afford Food, "This is only the third time in 68 successive months of Gallup and Healthways' tracking, which began in January 2008, that at least 20% of Americans said they struggled to afford food in the past year."
November, 2013, Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Cuts to Safety Net Programs Threaten Millions
Now Republicans are trying to cut another $40 billion from Food Stamps. (Senate Democrats passed a bill that "only" cuts another $4 billion.)
As if actual facts make a difference in the face of the DC/rest-of-us divide and the ongoing propaganda campaign from the cruel right. But here are some facts. (Note: SNAP is the "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program," commonly called Food Stamps.)
Food Stamps don't go to lazy "able-bodied" minorities who refuse to work. According to Feeding America, "76% of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person. These vulnerable households receive 83% of all SNAP benefits."