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My Bennington Banner Oped On Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

What if we had the power to end hunger in America? We could bring a source of stability and hope to every community.

On Saturday, May 14 we have this chance with The National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

You are asked to leave non-perishable food next to your mailbox. These would be items liked boxed cereals, rice, pasta and other foods that have a long shelf life.

Read my full commentary in the Bennington Banner:

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My Cincinnati Enquirer Oped on Summer Feeding

We don’t often hear stories of Democrats and Republicans agreeing on an issue. In an election year we might not expect to hear any.

But Ohio’s two senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown, have recently signed on to co-sponsor legislation to fight child hunger in America. It’s called the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act.

See my full commentary at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Senator Brown supports Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) yesterday announced co-sponsorship of the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act. This legislation would tackle the massive summer feeding crisis in America.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is supporting the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act

During the school year, low-income children receive free lunches from the federal government. However, when summer comes and schools are closed, these same children often miss out on that daily meal. There are a lack of feeding sites to make up for the school cafeterias being closed.

Senator Brown says, “Summer break shouldn’t mean a break from good nutrition. Summer meal programs provide the nutrition assistance for children that they would normally receive in school, ensuring their healthy development and easing the burden on their families.” The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act, if given enough support, could be passed in the Child Nutrition legislation in the coming weeks.

According to Feeding America, 82% of children who receive the school lunches during the year do not get them during the summer. The summer months become a time when hunger escalates among children. The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act aims to stop this.

One remedy the bill has put forward is providing needy families an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card during the summer months. This would provide 30 dollars a month per child so the family can purchase extra food to make up for the lost school lunches. This would help children who cannot get to summer feeding sites.

While there are efforts to increase the number of summer feeding sites, they cannot possibly make up the difference. According to Feeding America, there are 9 million low-income children who live in areas that are ineligible to have summer feeding sites. So clearly an EBT card would be vital to them.

Feeding America is calling on its supporters to contact their representatives in support of the bill. So far there has been bipartisan support. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) have joined Brown in support of the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act. An advocacy page has been set up by Feeding America.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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Feeding America supports the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act

Feeding America says it strongly supports new legislation to end the summer hunger crisis. The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 would provide an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to low-income families.

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Feed a “silent guest” on Giving Tuesday

Imagine if you looked out your window and saw starving refugees from the war in Syria. They have traveled for days to escape the civil war in that country.

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A tale of two heroes against cancer and hunger

Two new heroes have emerged this year. Each has shown amazing courage, leadership and generosity in helping others. They have achieved all this despite having brain cancer.

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Feeding America wants food drives for Halloween

It’s not too early to plan a bit for Halloween. You can feel it starting to get cooler outside. The night of ghouls and goblins will sneak up on us soon.

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