November 09, 2013


Things are so bad that sometimes two-income households are on food stamps. And we're cutting them? As we entertain ourselves with images of royal weddings and "real" housewives with nose jobs who enjoy cocktails for lunch, this is what's really going on in America. There is a reason why people say it is an "invisible" epidemic: chronic hunger in America may be reaching record rates, but we still can't or won't talk about it. More than 46 million people rely on food stamps to feed themselves and their families. They are someone's parents or children, they are co-workers and friends. Yet, if you ask many Americans, they will say that they don't know anyone receiving federal assistance. They think that food insecurity is a problem that happens to someone else. Someone they couldn't possibly know or be. But here's the problem: when something like hunger stays invisible, people don't think about it very much. They don't connect it to their own experiences. And when Republicans slash benefits and force millions of struggling families to get by on even less, people don't get angry when they need to be angry. We simply cannot afford to allow this crisis to remain invisible anymore -- we need your help. If you have received food stamps or know someone who has, please tell us your story. We need to show America that hunger can touch anyone, anywhere. And we need to make them realize that messing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits is simply unacceptable. Republicans in Congress know exactly who they are hurting when they cut benefits -- often, their own constituents are suffering. But they still think they can get away with doing it. After all, people who need assistance often have too much to deal with to effectively fight back. And most other people think that hunger could never affect them. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this difficult economy, with its stagnant wages and soaring costs, the vast majority of us are one bit of bad luck away from falling into the federal safety net. We should all be fighting to protect these benefits, because we never know when we ourselves will need them. But people don't realize that until they can see themselves standing in another person's shoes. That is why talking about our experiences of hunger is so important -- and why we are asking you to share your food stamp story with us today. Because this fight isn't about some abstract program that might help someone somewhere else. It is about our neighbors, friends and family. And ultimately, it is about us, too. SHARE YOUR STORY: DEMOCRACYFORAMERICA