Earlier this month -- just in time for the holidays -- an automatic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased food aid to 47 million Americans who struggle to afford food on a daily basis.
While many American families gather around the Thanksgiving table this week, some of us combining this year's traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, the nearly 49 million Americans living in food insecure households will be struggling to afford the food they need.
As we gather around the dinner table this holiday season, we are called to reflect on our blessings. Yet there are millions of American families who are still rebuilding in the wake of the worst recession in decades -- and they still need help.
Here in the real world, Washington is playing a Hunger Game of its own and the results are devastating. Yes, winter is coming, the holidays are on their way, and on November 1, the United States government cut food stamp benefits by 13.6 percent.
Extremist Republicans continue to hold funding for the federal government hostage for the second week in a row, opposing a clean extension of government funding without conditions. Their actions are harming the economy and countless real children and families across the country.
This obsession over punishing the poor for being poor may play well with the base but turning our backs on millions of Americans in their time of need not only hurts the economy but it makes these Republican politicians look like unpatriotic, elitist bullies.
It is hard to fathom that SNAP could be taken away from millions of families once you hear their stories. I was recently in California and spoke with numerous parents who told me how important SNAP is for their families.
One of the questions the curious voter from time to time wonders is how a person can distinguish good government handouts from bad government handouts. The answer to that question is not as obvious as it would seem to be to the uninitiated.
Evidence shows that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is necessary and that it works. It doesn't matter to me whether a child is malnourished in South Sudan or Southeast Washington DC -- it's unacceptable either way.