We won!!!

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Because of the efforts of so many advocates, including my co-workers here at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and the Texas Food Bank Network, we won a brief, but important victory.  The U.S. House of Representatives delayed a vote on a child nutrition bill that would have taken SNAP (food stamp) benefits away from low-income people, many of whom raise children who require the benefits of both programs.

Our work is not done.  Congress will return for a lame-duck session in mid-November.  It’s imperative we sustain our efforts to persuade our members of Congress they must pass a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill without raiding SNAP funds.

I have to come clean — A selfish benefit about blogging about these issues is the opportunity to vent.  I need to do it, you probably need to do it, and my family certainly appreciates it.

I also treasure opportunities to celebrate, whether it’s birthdays, anniversaries, and the accomplishments of my friends and colleagues.  And, I celebrate legislative victories, too.   I suspect many of you out there do the same thing, as evidenced by today’s good news.

Thanks to all who participated in this process. I’ll conclude with a wonderful quote by Jim Weill of the Food Research and Action Center:

“If people fight back, it’s not inevitable.”

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