Don't Cut Food Aid--It's Working

Star Tribune

Sep 5, 2019

Readers Write: Don't Cut Food Aid--It's Working

Editorial written by Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Cathy Maes

There are recent reports that food insecurity numbers have dropped. This news is being used to propose cuts in government aid — and that is a problem. We are reminded every single day that despite economic relief for some — and even very low unemployment rates — poverty is ever-present, homelessness is pervasive, the working poor and underemployed need assistance, too many aging Minnesotans are food-insecure, and there is still so much unmet need for our hungry children. Organizations like ours are filling the gap because hunger is real. 
Our work is to alleviate that hunger, and every day I think of it as a three-legged stool made up of meal programs, food shelves and government subsidies. A decrease in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding or any of our programs that help feed people? No one will be able to sit on that stool.

CATHY MAES, MINNEAPOLIS