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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Increase Food Stamps Now! 6pm Th. June 6, 2013 Kansas City, MO City Wide Meeting!


Increase Food Stamps Now! 6pm Th. June 6, 2013 Kansas City, MO City Wide Meeting!
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6 $25 CASH WILL BE RAFFLED OFF
Community Meeting to Increase Food Stamps!
6 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Kansas City Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Urban Impact Center
1028 The Paseo Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64106  (new building on the North West corner of 11th and Paseo, plentiful parking in the rear)
Deyvon Sheldon 6, Sherri Sheldon 4,  and their little cousin 2,  just  three of the over 200,000 beautiful, bright children who will go hungry if Congress passes its proposed  food stamp cuts.  I have the privilege and honor to work with Deyvon, Sherri and their little cousin as President of the Food, Health and Environmental Justice Coalition (local initiative of Local to Global Advocates for Justice) in the Greater KC area. (Me, Maria Whitaker, founder and President, in the middle) Deyvon is always asking to go to the park and read a book. He and his sister Sherri are two of the sweetest little children I have ever met.

Congress is currently working on the US Farm Bill to cut 2 Million People off of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps as it is commonly known.   Children are the greatest recipients of food stamps, followed by their moms, the working poor or people with lowing paying jobs such as for Walmart, disabled persons, and senior citizens. More people in the rural rather than the urban areas benefit from food stamps. 

While White folks are the largest racial group to benefit from food stamps, Indigenous, Black and Latino folks are disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty.  38% of Black American children are hungry, up 3% points from 2 years ago.   Research documents that Blacks and Latinos continue to be discriminated against in our food, agriculture and economic systems causing unjust disparities in hunger and food and lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer.  More people in the rural rather than the urban areas benefit from food stamps. 

Food Stamp use has increased to its greatest use due to this current recession, the worse since the Great Depression. While unemployment has reduced in the last two years, the new jobs that have replaced the old jobs pay less and have fewer or no benefits compared to the jobs they are replacing.  The jobs that disappeared ranged from $13 to $22 per hour; the new jobs that replace them range from $7 to $13 with no benefits like restaurant worker jobs.

"Aside from being cruel and thoughtless, the food stamp cuts in the Senate bill also damaging to the economy." The Center for American Progress, in a study released in March, found that for every $1 billion cut from SNAP, 13,718 jobs are lost.

So the Senate bill, by that calculation, will cost 56,243 jobs. CAP noted the losses “will likely have the greatest impact on younger and food and farm workers, since they account for a disproportionate share of workers in food-related industries.”

Furthermore, Congress has proposed cutting Food Assistance for people for their entire lives with certain convictions, despite their having served their sentences. This would result in lower food stamp benefits for children and other family members of people convicted of such offenses. Moreover, this amendment would have a harsh impact on Black and Latino communities who are disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system. Research documents that Blacks and Latinos continue to be discriminated against in the criminal justice system causing unjust disparities in prosecutions, convictions and incarcerations.  These proposed cuts will devastate our children, families, and communities.  Food, Research Action Council and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Join us to let our Congress people know we want them to increase, not cut food stamps for the health of our children, and all our citizens for a healthier and more productive society.  Hunger is the number 1 health risk in our world, country and city. Bread for the World.  We will write letters to our congress people and share instructions on how to telephone them as well as brainstorm on what else we can do to make sure our children, families and communities have health and wealth.


This event is sponsored by the Food, Health and Environmental Justice Coalition, a Greater Kansas City, local initiative of Local2Global Advocates for Justice, fssg.blogspot.com. For more information contact Maria Whittaker at foodsovereignty@yahoo.com or call 913 945 1333.
Attachment: Stop Food Stamp Cuts Now _ Greater Kansas City Meeting 6 June 2013 for Black Communites.docx

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