Guest post by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada: Filing my final entry for the 2013 Hunger Challenge, Day 5. Having participated for the past five consecutive years as a state legislator, and previous years as a county supervisor and at times as an “average citizen” over my almost forty years of public service, what is striking to me is the constancy of two dynamics: continuing hunger in America, and the consistent mischaracterization of those who depend upon SNAP benefits.
Is there hunger in America? Yes. The facts are incontrovertible: http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/us_hunger_facts.htm
Has SNAP been an effective program? I say yes: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/
For last night’s dinner, I finished the brown rice and remaining chicken thigh, and scavenged some of the zucchini that I cooked with the spaghetti and pasta sauce made on Monday night. Drank a little bit of remaining juice and coffee for my liquids.
Breakfast on this last day was coffee only, and lunch one of two remaining overripe bananas and the last yogurt. With today’s temperatures soaring past 100 degrees, I am drinking tap water to stay hydrated.
What I’ve missed most this whole week is… dessert! People who know me understand J
So, as I finish my 2013 Hunger Challenge, I will finish up the last of the spaghetti and have some wheat toast, and end with that single Odwalla bar that I bought for a week end treat. I will have perhaps 3 slices of bread leftover from the week.
I want to thank all who participated in the 2013 Hunger Challenge with me, or who read about our experiences. In doing so, I hope that there were some aspects of the issues that were new or involved additional thinking.
Let’s all recommit ourselves to ending hunger and poverty in America by reducing waste and strengthening the economy. Thank you to all who do this work every day!