Quote of the Day: Tara Marks
"This was not a question of availability of food, but a question of affording it. I did not live in a food desert; I lived in a food mirage. I had many grocery stores around me, but I could not afford to go in and shop."
— Bread for the World advocate Tara Marks telling the Senate Budget Committee what it was like to live under the poverty line as a single mother during her Feb. 13, 2013 testimony.
Thanks to federal nutrition assistance programs like SNAP and WIC, a dependable safety-net helped Tara overcome poverty and hunger. Tara is now a law student in Pittsburgh, Pa. 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. In Pennsylvania, 1,784,566 people participated in SNAP in May of 2013. If the House proposal is enacted, many Pennsylvanians would have their benefits reduced or lose them altogether. Roughly 63 percent of households would need to reapply for benefits. Tell your member of Congress to vote NO to cuts to the SNAP program.
Photo: Tara Marks, a Bread member from Pittsburgh, Pa., lobbies in the office of Sen. Robert Casey on hunger and poverty issues. Bread for the World members headed to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World).
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