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Sen. John Kerry: Children in Massachusetts are Hungry

111019_johnkerry[Editors’ note: For the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of posts on Bread Blog about each member of the Super Committee. If you live in Sen. John Kerry's district, please share this blog post with your family and friends, and message Sen. Kerry on his Facebook page or through Twitter.]

There’s a letter floating around Massachusetts that has been signed by a Quaker leader, a Greek Orthodox pastor, and a Unitarian minister, along with dozens more religious leaders from various denominations.

This “sign-on” letter is supported by religious leaders across the state and will be delivered to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), who is a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (or the Super Committee). The letter calls on the senator to use his position to protect programs that serve the most vulnerable people in the United States and around the world. The letter serves as a prophetic call to Sen. Kerry and all who read it: In these times of economic uncertainty, we must protect programs that allow people to meet their most basic needs.

Sen. Kerry and his Super Committee colleagues have an onerous task: to identify at least $1.2 trillion in federal deficit reductions over 10 years by November 23, 2011. The Super Committee can make spending cuts, raise taxes, and cut almost anything else in the federal budget they deem necessary.

In the meantime, the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) in Massachusetts recently reported that they are committed to providing at least one meal a day to families in need in Eastern Massachusetts in response to the growing realities of hunger in the state. Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of GBFB reports, “More than one-third of the 545,000 people served by GBFB last year were children, and that number will grow this year.”

These unthinkable numbers, paired with our knowledge of famine and extreme poverty around the world, is what has prompted local religious leaders in Massachusetts to call for real deficit solutions that do not disproportionately harm people in poverty.

Please join Bread in calling on Sen. Kerry to form a circle of protection around programs vital to hungry and poor people in Massachusetts, throughout the country, and around the world. If you are a religious leader and would like to add your name to the letter, please email srohrer@bread.org.

+Call Sen. Kerry at 1-800-826-3688 and ask him to protect poor and hungry people today!

Sarah Rohrer is a regional organizer for Bread for the World serving Massachusetts.

Official photo of Sen. John Kerry.


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