Sen. Rob Portman: The Situation in Ohio is Getting Worse
[Editors’ note: For the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of posts on the Bread Blog about each member of the Super Committee. If you live in Ohio, contact Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and please share this blog post with your family and friends. You can also message Sen. Rob Portman on his Facebook page or on Twitter.]
Last month, the Morning Journal in Northern Ohio reported that the rate of hunger and food insecurity in Ohio was on the rise. In fact, the Lorain Salvation Army in Lorain, OH, remained closed for three days in late September to restock their empty shelves with food. The demand is growing, said the executive director of Second Harvest Julie Chase-Morefield. She told the Morning Journal, “We’re concerned about cuts on the federal level.”
Indeed, Chase-Morefield has every right to be worried. The latest Census Bureau data reveals that in 2010, 151,772 Ohio families lived in extreme poverty, which is defined as having less than $11,057 a year for a family of four. Moreover, in Ohio 28.6 percent of children under 5 years old lived in poverty. And while some might point fingers at the jobless, many Ohioans with jobs are simply unable to make ends meet. In fact, 23.2 percent of SNAP beneficiaries (formerly food stamps) in Ohio lived in households with two or more workers and an additional 48.3 percent lived in households with one worker.
Unfortunately, as Congress debates the federal budget deficit, some members are considering cutting valuable programs like SNAP—a move which would almost certainly put Ohio families and families around the country in grave danger. Sen. Rob Portman is a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (or Super Committee) which is commissioned to find $2.1 trillion in cuts to the federal budget over the next 10 years. It’s imperative that he understands that the people of Ohio need programs such as SNAP, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and other similar programs in order to survive this tough economic climate.
Please join us in asking Sen. Rob Portman to create a circle of protection around funding for these programs that are vital to hungry and poor people in Ohio and throughout the United States.
+Call Sen. Rob Portman today at 1-800-826-3688 and ask him to protect Ohio families from unjust budget cuts.
Official photo of Sen. Rob Portman.
Posted by Bread on October 20, 2011 in Advocacy, Foreign Aid, Global Hunger, Hunger and the U.S. Budget, Hunger in the News, Maternal and Child Nutrition, Millennium Development Goals, Solutions to U.S. Poverty, Super Committee Blog Series, U.S. Hunger / Comments (1) / TrackBack (0)
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