Friday, October 07, 2016

A Bread Member in St. Louis Asks Why Hunger and Poverty Not Part of Debates

"The first presidential and the only vice presidential debate have completely ignored the outrageous reality that one in six people in our country, the richest nation in the world, is regularly hungry or food-insecure. No one, not Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump nor the debate moderators, have discussed in any substantial way the question of how to address hunger and poverty.

Yet 42 million people in the U.S., including one in seven households in Missouri, struggle with hunger. And 43 million of our citizens, including one in three children in our state, live below the poverty line. As actor and activist Jeff Bridges has rightly said, "If another nation was doing this to our children, we'd be at war."

-Excerpts from a letter to the editor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Clint McCann, a Bread member in Webster Groves, Missouri.

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