Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Voters More Likely to Choose a Candidate Who Will Fight Hunger

More Americans are worried about their ability to buy food in the future, as rising food prices and a failing economy have driven up expenses for many low- and middle-income families.

A recent report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows that as many as 57% of Americans worry about being able to afford enough food, up from 27% just a year ago. The report further suggests that this concern is affecting voting behavior, with 60% of voters stating that they would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who is committed to fighting hunger.

"This is an issue that candidates have not focused on, but one that needs to be part of the political debate for president," said FRAC president Jim Weill. "Voters deserve to hear exactly where candidates stand and their plans to address the problem."

An overwhelming majority–94%–of respondents noted the importance of continuing government funding for nutrition programs like food stamps and subsidized school meals.

Are you concerned about food insecurity amid rising economic inequality? Join the movement to end child hunger. Sign the Interfaith Voices Against Hunger/Feed the Solution petition to end child hunger in the United States by 2014. With your help, we can insure that children don’t have to know what it’s like to be hungry. For more information about this initiative visit the NYCCAH website or contact Ali Yannias at (212) 825-0028, ext. 212.

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