In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time -- and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP, including 1.3 million households with children -- relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice.
I don't believe any single week of living on a cramped budget alone gives any more than the briefest of glimpses into the reality of poverty, for Gwyneth, or any of the rest of us. Poverty is more than a number on a receipt or a row of vegetables in a photo.
This country does not need another celebrity to tell us how life is for "these people." These people are all around us and they are hungry. We need to have some compassion, stop hating the poor and try to understand them.
There is a saying about how expensive it is to be poor. Ironically, the less money you have, the more it costs you to manage and move it. Unbanked and underbanked families rely heavily on alternative financial services such as check cashers and payday loans.
The questions that get me, the ones that I turn over and over in my mind searching for better answers to are the ones that come from kids.
I wonder why this Congress wants to go after single mothers with children who are on limited income. Why do they also want to go after the elderly, who also are on fixed incomes, and are worried about shelter, utility expenses, and getting appropriate food and medicine?
Cuts to effective programs that ensure children start life on a positive path, such as WIC and home visiting, and those that help families meet their basic needs, like SNAP, rental assistance and Medicaid, could prove costly in the long run.
We're talking about block grants because the Republican budget resolutions are coming out this week and such budgets have used this mechanism to propose deep cuts in Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps).
In general Republican thought, poverty is not something caused by society into which some people are unfortunate enough to fall. Rather, poverty is something people fall into by their own failures, and it is also something that they can leave behind by climbing the ladder of success.
Instead of spending their mega-fortunes on luxury hiding places to escape the mob, better to use that money to improve the conditions that have the populace thinking about tar and feathers or worse.
The state's financial trouble is worse than anyone had previously expected, says a new report from the Fiscal Futures Project at the Institute for Government and Politics at the University of Illinois.
The situation is dire. By placing moral judgment on the impoverished, we do everyone a disservice. We fail to harvest the potential of so many bright and talented people in this country. And by doing so, we fail to thrive as a nation. It is imperative that we change the dialogue.
Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That's of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it casts a long shadow on The American Dream.
Some people think 13 is a lucky number, and some say the opposite. When it comes to the fresh faces in the Senate, this particular number 13 is likely to be very unlucky for women.
On the surface, this charitable giving may seem like the right thing to do for the holiday season. In reality, it's part of a nefarious plot being perpetrated by the lamestream media and Comrade Obama to turn true patriots into bleeding heart liberals and bring down this once-great nation.
We should not abruptly stop supporting food causes, but we have to consider what else we're implicitly supporting by making food happen in this roundabout (separate but not equal) way.