Raise your voice to help fight hunger
In the few months I’ve lived in Asheville, several AC-T articles have spotlighted hunger in WNC. The paper has also reported on ways local groups are pulling together to help. MANNA FoodBank and its partners, along with Kids Against Hunger, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Rotary’s food project, Asheville City Market and dozens of church food pantries are a powerful way to say, “We care.” I am proud to be in this city. With another simple step, we can make a huge difference — using our voices. Phone Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr and Rep. Heath Shuler with a simple message: “Don’t balance our federal budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. Protect programs like SNAP, WIC and school feeding programs. Help struggling people get back to work.” Research shows more than 90 percent of food assistance to hungry people in places like Kansas and Indianapolis comes from federal programs. I don’t know the data for WNC, but even if “only” 75 percent came from federal programs, a 10 percent cut in those programs would leave local providers with an impossible increase. Our voices count. See groups like Bread for the World (www.bread.org) and Feeding America (www.FeedingAmerica.org) to keep up with legislation that impacts hungry people.
Michael Smith, Asheville