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.
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