With D.C. ranking 19 out of 51 states with households facing hunger, So Others Might Eat (SOME) and other area feeding programs are facing a growing demand for food and services from area residents. Photo by Roy Lewis
Nearly one of eight District households and one of two children are struggling against hunger in the nation's capital, according to recent reports. On Thursday, Councilmember Michael A. Brown (I-At-Large) and colleagues introduced the new Food Stamp Expansion Bill to address the growing crisis.
Alexandra Ashbrook, Executive Director of D.C. Hunger Solutions, Ed Lazere,
Executive Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and officials from D.C. Departments of Human Services and Environment joined Councilmember Brown at a press conference at the Wilson Building on Tues., March 10 to address the hunger issue.
Last month, 31.8 million Americans applied for food stamps, and anti-hunger advocates warn the numbers will get worse as the recession deepens.
Geneva Tinner and Vinetta Baxter select bowls donated by local potters to benefit SOME (So Others Might Eat), a program serving the poor and homeless. Photo by Roy Lewis
D.C. Hunger Solutions reports that the District ranks 19 out of 51 states in terms of the number of households facing â€œfood insecurityâ€ and that 32,000 households - almost 12 percent of all households - in the District of Columbia were food insecure in 2005-2007, an increase of nine percent from 2001 - 2003.
â€œThe data bears out of my personal belief that far too many District residents, like others around the country, are falling through the cracks. I will do all I can to continue to look for innovative solutions and resources to alleviate the burden and hardships our residents face in these trying times,â€ Brown said.
â€œThe Food Stamp Expansion Act of 2009â€ will increase support systems for residents struggling to feed their families by expanding eligibility and increasing monthly benefits for D.C.â€™s food stamp program. The expansion will also bring new federal funds into the District to help stimulate the economy.