Hunger in America never has been more relevant. Immediately before it's August break, the U.S. House of Representatives took a straight-party-line vote to eliminate food stamps from the SNAP Program in the farm bill.
The poor, seniors, single moms, the unemployed, the working poor — the folks who line up at the Food Pantry's door (First United's basement) every Saturday — get emergency food once a month from our pantry. They survive day to day, they feed their children and grandchildren because of SNAP. Those benefits have been cut again and again. Now there is talk of eliminating the whole program. If this vote holds, it will be devastating to the poor around America and in our area. The OP-RF Food Pantry in our basement will be overwhelmed.
Come learn more about the complex problem of hunger in modern America. Come to a showing of the groundbreaking hunger documentary, A Place at the Table, at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St.
It will be shown this Sunday, Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The film is being sponsored by the OP-RF Food Pantry and First United Church, which houses the local food pantry. There will be no charge for attendance and all are welcome. More information is available by calling Michele Zurakowski, executive director of the Food Pantry at 708-434-0085.