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Christmas reality in NC: Poverty and hunger for many

Food bankBefore you sit down to open presents or enjoy a holiday feast tomorrow or at some other point over the coming days, take a moment or two to read Sarah Ovaska’s Christmas Eve story over on the main Policy Watch site — it’s called “Hungry, with no end in sight.”

After you’ve done that, take a few more minutes to contemplate what it would be like to rely like Sylvia Cameron on a paltry sum in SNAP benefits (i.e. Food Stamps) and the charity of others just to survive and stay nourished each month.

Next, briefly ruminate on the fact that a shocking percentage of your neighbors are in just such a boat — the vast majority of them good, honest, working people (and a huge percentage children).

Finally, if you make it this far, take at least a moment to consider the fact that this situation — one that does not exist in many other modern nations — might just not be the fault of those who are hungry and, in fact, might be, at least in some small measure, all of our responsibility.

You can read Sarah’s article by clicking here.

 

 

7 Comments


  1. Alan

    December 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Excellent point. Having lived in western Europe for a number of years, I can attest to the fact that the poverty we witness here in the USA is just about unheard of there.

  2. NitWitCharmer

    December 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Having lived in western Europe for a number of years, I can attest to the fact that the poverty we witness here in the USA is just about unheard of there.

    So, that which is seen is not heard….

    Brilliant.

  3. NitWitCharmer

    December 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Take 2:

    Having lived in western Europe for a number of years, I can attest to the fact that the poverty we witness here in the USA is just about unheard of there.

    So, that which is seen is not heard….

    Brilliant.

  4. Alan

    December 27, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Word. Salad.

  5. ML

    December 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Take 1

    Nothing charming there. Yes that who’s is seen in the US is not heard of in Europe.

    Notbrilliant

  6. ML

    December 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Take 2

    Nothing charming there. Yes that what is seen in the US is not heard of in Europe.

    Not brilliant

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    January 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    ML…you must have been thinking of posting on Alan persona again…

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