HUNGER ACTION DAY LA 2011! September 22 at Los Angeles City Hall!
Hunger Action Day is Thursday Sept 22 at 3:30 pm at City Hall in Downtown LA. Activities begin on the Spring St. steps, between Temple and 1st st. downtown. We will be calling on Congress to protect programs that end hunger and promote healthy eating, especially the SNAP (Food Stamp) program and others that fund healthy food projects such as community gardens in L.A.
Invited speakers include LA City Council members and Congressman Xavier Becerra, who is on the 12 person committee that will be deliberating over $1.5 trillion in cuts to the federal budget—likely to impact SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. We need a large strong showing to get the message across that people do care about these programs and aren’t going to take huge slashes in benefits without a fight.
The media seems to think of these programs as handouts and giveaways. They are work supports: there hasn’t been a raise in real wages for workers in the USA since the 1970s. One paycheck used to support a family: now even families with two paychecks struggle. 40% of SNAP (food stamp) participants are working people. We all pay into this system with our taxes and don’t need to apologize for accessing these benefits any more than we would with an insurance policy.
Click HERE to download a flyer for the event.