A Team is Forming That Wants to Inspire America
Words by the Lead Coordinator, Kokayi Nosakhere
I repeated the closing lines of the “Enter the Zohar” web episode for effect.
“We meet next above time and space, but only if you have the desire.”
My attempt to impress the Millienial with my ability to use a smartphone fell flat. I played the video as a way to answer a question. She was seriously considering the position of Communications Director. We were speaking about what exactly she was going to communicate. Which is difficult to put your finger on.
Why child hunger exists in America is not an easy question to answer. Not because there is no answer, but because of what it says about us, collectively.
We like to believe ourselves a nation of compassion. In 1966, in response to Dr. King’s efforts to raise awareness of American poverty and as apart of LBJ’s War on Poverty legislation, the Child Nutrition Act was signed.
In 1975 came Breakfast legislation.
That’s two meals. If we include $137.50 monthly worth of food stamps, what’s the issue? Why do we have to even talk about child hunger in America?
How is it possible?
It’s possible because of the Great Recession. It has made America maintaining its commitment to the By2015 goal a challenge. Right now, 47.3 million, or 1 out of 7 Americans, are using food stamps. The USDA estimates that for every American accessing food stamps, two more Americans who qualify exist. For various reasons, they do not choose to use the benefits. That means 141.9 Americans, or almost one third of us, are hungry.
The recent Sequester cut nothing from the food stamp budget. Cuts went to unemployment and WIC. The cuts came through the FARRM Bill, like $20.5 billion. I don’t know what it means to the programs. I do know that it makes this challenge that much greater.
Right now the government can count 31 million children hungry inside poverty-rate households.
I haven’t met anyone who wanted children in America to be hungry. I think we don’t talk about child hunger because it means that we are failing as a country. I mean, how great can we really be if we can’t feed our own children? It slaps our concept of supremacy in the face.
So, we are trying to inspire America to look within. Our attention is everywhere except upon Self. That is why child hunger exist in America. We don’t feed it our attention.