Tuesday, September 09, 2008

“Past Time” to End Child Hunger

Seventy years after the Great Depression, children in the United States still suffer from food insecurity and hunger, despite the fact that the United States has more than enough resources to end child hunger once and for all.

Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund recently called attention to the critical need for government to intervene on behalf of food insecure families and children. Government programs that have proven effective in combating hunger and poverty remain woefully under-funded, with partisan gridlock standing in the way of action. The Food Stamps, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and School Meals Programs feed millions of children, but cannot currently fill the gap between stagnated wages and rising food costs. “It is past time to correct and strengthen national nutritional programs if we are to prevent families in need from being abandoned,” said Edelman, who called for greater access to nutrition programs and further emphasis on long-term food security.

NYCCAH Executive Director Joel Berg and policy developer Tom Freedman recently highlighted specific policy measures that the current and future administration should take to end child hunger by 2012.

Please visit NYCCAH's website for letters and other advocacy materials to help feed the solution and to end child hunger!

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