Tell Congress: HUNGER HURTS Hard-Working Families!

In today's troubled economic climate, it isn't surprising that many Americans are struggling with hunger. What may be a surprise is exactly who is suffering. Many believe hunger is a problem only for the homeless. Unfortunately, statistics prove that 40 percent of those seeking food assistance are employed. More and more it is America's working poor who are at risk of hunger.

Please let your representative know that you want a comprehensive strategy to fight hunger written into law today. Together, we can work to eliminate hunger in America.
Dear Representative,

I'm writing today on behalf of every family that has gone hungry in these troubled economic times. It is no secret that our economy is struggling; many like me have been forced to cut back on luxuries and tighten our belts a little as we wait for the financial climate to turn around. But there are many who are far worse off than me, and I'd like to urge you to be a voice for them in Congress.

Many people, even those who care deeply about these issues, don't realize that hunger is not just a problem for the homeless in America. Indeed, statistics will show you that nearly half - 40 percent - of all those asking for food assistance are actually employed. To have a job but still need extra help to provide for your family is something that is difficult to fathom, but that is the situation for the working poor, especially those providing for children or other family members. We need to enact sweeping policy changes to ensure that America's working poor won't have to decide between feeding their families and keeping the electricity on, or paying the rent.

The solution to the problem won't be easy, but something must be done to help these hardworking families. Nearly 50 percent of all low income families suffer from hunger, and many cannot afford the education they would need to find higher wage employment.

I urge you today to do something about this issue. This is the greatest country in the world; it is difficult to fathom that so many of us go hungry, even after achieving the so-called "American Dream."

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