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HUNGER: Letter writer is out of touch

Letter by Helen McGovern, Lakewood on Sep. 26, 2011 at 10:00 am | 4 Comments »
September 26, 2011 1:22 pm

Re: “Hungry kids? TNT claim is ridiculous” (letter, 9-23).

The letter writer mentioned that it could not be true that there were hungry children in Pierce County as a result of the strike. She suggested that peanut butter and jelly “were not expensive.”

There are 795,000 residents in Pierce County. Through August, the 67 food banks in Pierce County that receive food from the Emergency Food Network have been visited by more than 833,000 clients.

With many schools having more than half of their students on free and reduced meals, school starting allows parents who rely on food banks and food stamps to breath a collective sigh of relief. They can take comfort knowing that their children will receive breakfast and lunch every school day.

They made it through a summer where they could only provide one meal a day. With the delay they again had to face the nightmare of not enough food.

Peanut butter is a luxury. EFN does not purchase it due to the cost. When you have to focus on stretching your dollars, you make hard choices.

The writer is blessed with a cupboard with peanut butter; we should all be working together to ensure that in our country this is not an exception. We can begin in Pierce County, start by donating peanut butter (or produce or cash) to your local food bank. A jar at a time we can make the difference in lives of families.

Let’s use this healthy source of protein and comfort as a symbol to show we all care.

(McGovern is executive director of Pierce County’s Emergency Food Network.)

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