Have you ever had to look in the eyes of a hungry child? Have you ever had to explain to your child why their stomach is cramping? Have you ever had to see the pain in a mother’s face when she has no food for her children? If your answer to those questions is no, you are blessed.
I lived that misery. My mom was the sole provider for my brother and I. Yes, there were times when our cupboard was bare. My mom scrubbed woodwork, stretched curtains, and washed and ironed for people, but there were times she had little work.
To help with food during those times my mom, a proud woman, had to ask for help. She would walk over two miles pulling our American Flyer red wagon to the closest Democrat Club to ask for a basket of groceries and then walk back home.
Once home, each item was carefully removed from the basket. She would wash the canned goods and check each item. The baskets had been prepared several days ahead and, almost always, mice had visited the basket first. Hardly ever did we get a loaf of bread that had not been nibbled on first by the little visitors. We ate a lot of half slices of bread.
So why this blog? Well, it seems the Republican representatives have voted to cut $40 billion over the next ten years from the food stamp program. That means 44,000 Louisville families and 824,000 Kentuckians will be at risk to be cut from the program, via SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cutbacks. Is there no end to the actions of these mean-spirited, selfish members of Congress whose salaries are paid by us, the taxpayers?
If you take a look, do you notice that there is not one of them that looks like they have missed any meals lately?
Have you ever looked in the eyes of a hungry child?
I have and it was me.