Don't let children go hungry

February 5, 2014 

Recently the Belleville News-Democrat reported that 1 in 5 metro-east children suffer from "food insecurity." That means that 20 percent of metro-east children do not know where their next meal will come from. More alarming is the fact that kids who are hungry don't perform as well in school. Recently the News-Democrat even wrote an editorial on this subject calling food insecurity "a community problem that demands attention because inattention will let it quietly nibble away at our collective future."

I could not agree more. Unfortunately, the Tea Party Republicans do not. For example, these Republicans have pushed a massive reduction in funding to the food stamp program. For fiscal year 2014, the cut is estimated at $5 billion. These cuts are leading to hunger and food insecurity for 22 million children. According to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "This cut will be the equivalent of taking away 21 meals per month for a family of four." Can we really afford to take away this support from the most vulnerable among us?

Tell your elected officials to support our children and restore funding for the SNAP program.

Marleen Suarez

Candidate, Madison County Treasurer Collinsville

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