How to cure addiction, diabetes, and obesity--good food and plenty of it.
Seniors remember WW II food rationing. Going to the grocery store with our mothers and choosing from skimpy goods. Feeding the troops was the first priority.
After the war, things changed dramatically. Farmers were back behind the plow.
Food was abundant.
Big pockets of hunger persisted in poor and rural communities. President Roosevelt had started the school lunch program to help school children get nourishment. The program also helped farmers market their crops.
In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson and Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York, exposed hunger in the Appalachian Mountains and in poor communities throughout the nation.
What followed was a huge expansion of food programs. The goal was to wipe out hunger.
In ten years, the food stamp program was launched; a school breakfast program was initiated; Pregnant and lactating mothers were given nutritious foods; and summer feeding programs took hold.
New York State worked hand in hand with the federal government to make these programs work. Now, the president and the congress are intent on ripping them apart.
One thing is clear: American farmers and Americans needing food aid are partners. What is good for one is good for the other.
So, what is the congressional majority doing? It is trying to separate farmers and consumers. The quickest way to do that is to cut the food stamp program. How? By imposing a bureaucratic and wasteful program built around Republican notions of the ‘lazy American.’ A picture with just enough truth in it to rank with the illegal immigrant voter myth.
America has the means to make hunger a dark memory. And to use its incredible farm resources to make Americans happy and healthy.
Antonio Delgado wants to build on our ‘pastures of plenty.’
· Encourage good farming
· Expand food assistance programs
· Educate Americans on healthy eating
A dollar spent on healthy foods is a dollar less spent on unhealthy Americans.
Ask Mr. Faso why it is so important to him to attack hunger by making food less available? Does he think a hungry child will be a better student? A hungry adult a better worker? A hungry elder less prone to mishaps?
Battling hunger and bad nutrition habits is an easy win for the most productive agricultural economy on the planet.
By the way, ask farmers why they are so upset with presidential tariffs. It is because they are so good at what they do, they can feed the world.
There are plenty of places to save taxpayer dollars. Corporate tax breaks and shelters are a good place to start.
There is no better place to spend money than on creating healthy Americans.
More health is less illness. Democrats like Antonio Delgado will work to make sure America’s ‘Horn of Plenty’ is aimed at youngsters, people in the prime of life, and, yes, senior citizens.
Democrats have to take Congress back from those who want to ‘steal from the poor and give to the rich.’
Hudson Valley Seniors