From our new politics desk intern, Rose Lichtenfels, (on the right) who is a senior majoring in political science at Trinity College and a captain on the crew team.
A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that the number of Americans struggling with hunger remains high. If Congress fails to act, the current farm bill is set to expire at the end of September, removing millions from the food stamp program and other food subsidies available for American families in crisis.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro called the report “further proof that Republican leadership needs to stop the dangerous path it is currently on and ensure our critical anti-hunger programs are adequately funded. Behind the numbers in this report are parents who cannot put dinner on their kitchen table and children who go to school on empty stomachs. This is no way for the wealthiest country in the world to behave. I hope my colleagues come to their senses, do what is right for the American people, and restore the bipartisan resolve we used to have to eradicate hunger in America.”
Before August recess, the House passed a Farm Bill separating funding for anti-hunger and food stamp programs from agriculture programs.
In the new report, the agriculture department defines “food insecurity” as “access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.” Food insecurity is down, according to the chart below.