Congress tackles hunger!

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Before heading to clean the scraps off of our plates after dinner, many of us do not spend much time thinking about the amount of effort goes that into producing and distributing the food that makes it into our homes weekly. Because of the United

40 percent of food in America is wasted due to American greed

40 percent of food in America is wasted due overindulgence. 

States’ problem with food wastage, Republicans fight to approve anti-hunger laws that could reduce the amount of perfectly good food found in wastelands across America.

The Fighting Hunger Initiative Act intends to increase donations to food banks by  providing farmers,restaurants, and food manufactures with tax incentives for contributing resources to charitable groups. While this legislation may seem like the right step towards addressing hunger in America, others in congress remains skeptical of whether or not the bill will do so.

President Obama and his administration are working to veto the bill due to the potential lost in revenue that could add as much as 1.9 billion to the budget deficit that this country faces.

“The Republicans insist that we have to pay for things like unemployment insurance, so I don’t understand why they would allow these provisions to add to the deficit,” he

1.3 billion metric tons of fruits, vegetables, and other foods is found in trash cans each year.

1.3 billion metric tons of fruits, vegetables, and other foods  are found in trash cans each year.

continued. “And maybe I’m just skeptical, but I have a hard time trusting a Republican Leadership that has gone out of its way, time and time again over the last several years, to shred the safety net in this country. Just because you call something an ‘anti-hunger bill’ doesn’t mean it actually solves the problem.” said  Rep Jim McGovern. 

Instead of passing legislation that would cause an offset to the county’s budget, those in the Democratic party believes that such funds should contribute to raising earned income tax and programs like SNAP which provides low-income families with food purchasing assistance.

With each of the political parties having their own ideas on how to end hunger, it will be interesting to see how congress will come together to deal with underlying problems of hunger and poverty in the United States.

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Pheed Philadelphia

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Pheed Philadelphia

There are huge inequalities in access that causes many economic problems for people all over the world. One of the biggest inequalities that lie in the social classes is the distribution of food, especially healthy food. Many people who are homeless or  a part of the poor working class face the challenge of finding ways to properly nourish themselves and their families due to their low income. This disturbing fact becomes increasingly prevalent in our own city.

Recently, Philadelphia ranked 8th as one of  the cities where an appealing amount of Americans do not have enough food. In fact, 60 percent of these citizens asking for emergency food assistance  are of the working class. Because of the increase in hunger, many groups have come together to try  help feed at risk people in Philadelphia.

Pheed Philadelphia is a community service group at La Salle University that helps  those less fortune by providing them with healthy meals. Established in 2011, this student-ran program works with different soup kitchens to ensure that distribution of food are available to everyone, regardless of class or income.  Some of the many groups that Pheed works with are Face to Face,Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, St. Francise Inn, and Sarnelli House.

” La Salle students will work towards fighting hunger in the Philadelphia area through active involvement in local soup kitchens, dining halls, and on-campus awareness programs, advocating for the elimination of hunger and poverty.”says UMAS, La Salle University Ministry and Service.

With such a huge task at hand, Pheed Philadelphia looks for new groups to emerge with and volunteers to help make their mission a little easier. This program reaches out for students willing to work at least once a week at one of the many sites that they work with. If you are a student on LaSalle’s campus, you should definitely look into helping out. It is a great way to meet people and give back to the community.