Quote of the Day: Dawn Phipps
Dawn Phipps from Boise, Idaho tells her story to Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) and his staff during Bread for the World's lobby day in Washington D.C., on June 11, 2013. Stories give the issue of hunger a face for members of Congress. (Rick Reinhard for Bread for the World)
"Many people think those of us who need food assistance are nothing but deadbeats and leeches; if we would just put down the bon-bons, get off the couch and get a job, life would be splendid. Ah, there’s a nice fantasy. The truth is that most of us are not deadbeats and leeches. We have jobs. We have families who need to eat. We have children who are wondering when dinner will be ready."
— Dawn Phipps, a nurse and hunger activist living in Boise, Idaho who relied on the SNAP program to feed her family during a tough time in her life. Read her story on the Bread Blog.
Within the next couple of weeks, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a proposal that would cut SNAP by $40 billion over 10 years. Such a cut would weaken the safety net that helped Dawn and her son put food on the table until she was able to find adequate employment. Under the House proposal, as many as 6 million Americans would either lose nutrition assistance or receive reduced benefits. Tell your member of the Congress to vote NO on cuts to SNAP, the nation's number one defense against hunger.
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