Over the past few weeks, nearly all of our posts have been about the press coverage of the One Dollar Diet Project. Our number of readers has skyrocketed, and the types of comments we’ve been getting are more thoughtful and developed than ever before. Many of you have even donated money to the project (last day for donations is the December 17), which will be given to the Community Resource Center this coming Thursday. We’re honored that so many people have shared their stories, insights, and compassion with us.
Today, however, I’d like to make mention of an Associated Press article by Tom Breen. As of right now, 10 percent of Americans are receiving food stamps. That’s over 31 million people. The current national average for montly food stamp allotment, through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is $101 a month. In places like West Virginia, where the surge has amplified, close to one-sixth of the state’s population is receiving assistance.
Having been to West Virginia a couple of times, this shook me up a little.
I thought about the numbers as they would relate to my everyday life. In a classroom of 40 students, that means at least four kids would be struggling to eat on a daily basis. When thinking about it school wide, there would be 250 students whose families need serious support. This is unlikely in the area where I teach, but I’m positive that in places that share our area code, where there’s only a few miles between us, the problem is a daily reality.
If you can, take a minute to read the article.