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Christmas reality in NC: Poverty and hunger for many

Posted By Rob Schofield On December 24, 2013 @ 11:48 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Food bank [1]Before 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 [2] 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 [2].

 

 


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[2] Sarah Ovaska’s Christmas Eve story: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2013/12/24/hungry-with-no-end-in-sight/

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