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November 2, 2013

Congress playing hunger games


There is no excuse for American children going without food, or for keeping the benefit inadequate to meet common sense nutritional standards. To cut food stamps is not responsible deficit reduction. It’s a reckless social experiment.

Take note: your latte costs more than Congress is willing to pay for a child to eat for one day. Unimpressed by studies that show obesity, diabetes, and poor brain development are results of hunger, many legislators and pundits have a new object for The Hunger Game. It’s to answer this question: just how “hungry” does an American child have to be to die?

Diane R. Pagen is a lecturer of social policy at Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, co-author of a comic book, The Adventures of Carrie Giver: The Cost of Caring (2006), about family caregiving and poverty, and a former Delhi resident.

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