Wednesday, August 24, 2011
As President Obama stuffs his face with lobster, salad and fresh baked bread at the $50,000 a week vacation farm on Martha’s Vineyard, a shocking report shows as many as 17 million children nationwide are struggling with what is known as food insecurity.
To put it another way, one in four children in the country is living without consistent access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life, according to the study, “Map the Meal Child Food Insecurity 2011.”
Adding insult to injury, proposed House budget for 2012 includes substantial cuts to food aid programs for the 2012 budget cycle. The cuts could affect up to 350,000 recipients of the WIC program alone.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides agricultural products to food banks to pass on to the poor, is also facing a proposed $50 million cut, an amount representing one fifth of the budget for the program.
Medical research has shown that lack of nutrition can permanently alter a child’s brain architecture, stunting intellectual capacity and a child’s ability to learn and interact with others.
And what has the response from President Obama been to the worsening crisis of child hungry in America? Crickets and another serving of lobster.