The vigil was organized to recognize short- and long-term emergencies for poor and hungry people in the area. "In Guilford County recently, we have witnessed the harm inflicted on many local families when a software/computer problem caused a delay in receiving food stamp assistance," says Rev. Bob Herron, chair of the Bread leadership team in the area. "Local food pantries and food banks were inundated with requests and nearly ran out of food."
"We are gathering to give thanks to all those who have given food to help and to those government workers who are fixing the software and food stamp delivery problems," adds Rev. Herron. "We pray that people will continue to give emergency food, that the software/delivery problems will be solved, and most importantly that Congress does not cut this most important program which feeds our hungry citizens."
"Drastic cuts are being proposed in Congress for SNAP (food stamps) that would dramatically affect hungry men, women, and children," notes Rev. Herron. "If the cuts were to be replaced, each religious congregation in the United States would have to raise $50,000 per year over the next 10 years! Clearly, we must all work together, public and private, to care for the hungry among us."
You don't have to be in north-central North Carolina on Wednesday, July 25, to join in the vigil. Wherever you are, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (which would be 11:00 a.m. Mountain time here in Albuquerque), please take a few minutes to add your voice and spirit in prayer and meditation with the Bread advocates in the Triad region of North Carolina, the government workers who serve the needs of the people in the area, and the clients who receive the benefits.
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