1 In 5 Children Is Going Hungry In America While The GOP Celebrates Cutting Food Stamps

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In the richest country in the world, one would think child hunger is not an issue. However, the truth is very, very heartbreaking. According to the newest annual ‘Map the Meal Gap’ report conducted from the anti-hunger charity Feeding America, more than one in five American kids lived in a “food insecure” household in 2012, meaning that their meals are not consistent, or do not meet the basic necessary amount. Roughly 49 million Americans are currently in a food-insecure household.

The top eight states for food-insecure homes for children are:

1. New Mexico, with 29.2% being food insecure

2. Mississippi, with 28.7%

3. Arizona , with 28.2%

4. Nevada, with 28.1%

5. Georgia, with 28.1%

6. Arkansas, with 27.7%

7. Florida, with 27.6%

8. Texas, with 27.4%

Of the top 8 states where children not not adequately receive food, six are Republican states. That comes as no surprise, given the Republicans malice towards feeding hungry children in the last few years. Even less surprising, the report found that the hungriest counties are largely concentrated in the deep south and southeastern United States, with just a little less than 12 percent of the group coming from outside those regions. That means 88% of children that go hungry in this country come from the southern Bible Belt. Just like Jesus would have wanted.

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The report also found that a quarter of the nation’s food-insecure peoples in the south earn too much money to qualify for government assistance, yet somehow they are still unable to provide adequate food for their families throughout the year.

And what do the leaders of these states plan to do about this epidemic? Absolutely nothing. In fact, they are so blind to the evidence before them, that they feel the solution should be more cuts to food assistance programs.

Even though 45% of food stamps go to feeding hungry children, the Republicans want to cut, cut, cut. Currently, 1 out of 5 children in the United States go hungry. Over 17 million kids. Rep. Jim McGovern (D) made it clear in June 2013 during the SNAP cutting fiasco that cutting food stamp benefits to kids won’t make them just “go away,” but it will just make the situation even worse. These kids don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and yet the Republicans, the champions of the “sanctity of life” sought to cut $20+ billion from the food stamp program.

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In September last year, the Republicans made good on their promise, and passed a farm bill which cut $40 billion from the Food Stamp program, on a close vote of 217-210.  Only 15 Republicans voted against it. Every Democrat voted against it.

Eric Cantor defended last years cuts, saying:

“Most people want to go out and be productive so that they can earn a living, so that they can support a family, so that they can have hope for a more prosperous future. They want what we want.”

Whoa, back it up. Who are the ones defending these cuts? Why, just millionaire Republicans like Cantor and Boehner, who claim to be opposed to these programs because they create a “culture of dependency.” Oh yes, I forgot, how dare children be dependent on their government to feed them. How dare hungry children want food in their stomachs when they have no other resources to get it.

Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp from Kansas had some strong words for food stamp recipients:

“Look for work. Start job training to improve your skills or do community service. But you can no longer sit on your couch or ride a surfboard like Jason in California and expect the federal taxpayer to feed you.”

Again, let’s remember: almost half of all food stamps go to children, and the elderly! Some of these people can’t just get up and go to work to earn their food. And I’m guessing they’re aren’t riding on their surfboards.

Even with 1 in 5 children going hungry in this country, Republicans think they are leeches who are riding on their surfboards, sucking up taxpayer money. Even though food stamps are needed most in the Republican dominated south, the Governors, Representatives, and Senators are continuously voting against their constituent’s best interests, and the constituents don’t seem to notice.