Does the issue of child hunger require anger management skills?

August 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

by Wendy Heiges, Senior Director of Advocacy and Public Policy

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of being in the room with advocacy experts from food banks in diverse parts of Texas – from Austin to McAllen.  As I listened to and learned from my colleagues, I experienced the wonderful and familiar feeling of being part of something so much larger than me.  It’s  gratifying to know the effort to eliminate hunger in Texas is being undertaken by tens of thousands of concerned Texans – entire communities that care for their neighbors at risk – food banks, and many other organizations.

One of my colleagues alluded to our looking in the mirror and seeing ourselves needing emergency food assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) benefits one day.  She knew what she was talking about because she’d lived it herself.

Too many Texans are looking in that same mirror right now and seeing not only their own reflections, but also their children’s.

Does this situation bother you?  Do you feel moral outrage that our leaders aren’t doing more?

I know how good it feels to vent.  If you find hunger unacceptable and need to get it off your chest, let’s explore some therapeutic options.  The first in our series of appointments is around the corner.  When Congress convenes in September, we’ll identify some anger management strategies.  And I promise, you’ll actually hope to receive a bill for services rendered before September 30.

Working together, we will get a strong, fully and properly funded Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that will improve the lives of millions of low-income children at risk of hunger.

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