Today's Mission Possible featured a group called Feeding America whose mission is to feed the hungry in this country through a nationwide network of member food banks.
For more information on Feeding America, click here.
Ali, I watched your show regarding one out of four children not having enough food. A couple of years ago my wife and I went around delivering Christmas presents to the less fortunate for the church. I could not believe the number of houses that had 40K SUV's parked in the driveways and satellite dishes on the house. Many times people would answer the door with cell phones in their hands.
Today too many people have their priorities our of whack and spend what money they have on things they do not need.
NO ONE EVER TALKS ABOUT THOSE AMERICANS WHO NEVER WERE ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT. I'M REFERRING TO THE SELF EMPLOYED. WE PAID OUR TAXES ALL THESE YEARS AND NEVER RECEIVED ANY HELP FROM ANYONE OF ANY KIND.
I always hear about those who are getting unemployment compensation and how their benefits are running out. Hey at least they received something.
How about those who never received any benefits at all?
I never hear anything about those millions of people who were self employed who never received unemployment compensation. Therefore they are not on the unemployment scrolls. Hmmm maybe unemployment is much higher than 9.6%.
Any discussion about this group has just fallen through the cracks, I guess.
There is no stimulus or help for us. We have always been on our own, outcasts and forgotten. Many are about to fail in every way never to re-bound again.
This will be the next wave of poverty coming to a neighborhood near you. Watch!
The federal government tries to feed our hungry with food stamps. Tea Parties would say, correctly, that is not part of what the Constitution explicitly authorizes the federal government to do. (Ignoring Supreme Court rulings that expanded the power of the federal government.) So the Tea Party would have charitable contributions and state governments be the only assistance for people down on their luck through no fault of their own. What happens if the federal budget cuts food stamps and charitable contributions continue to drop?
It is sad to see that some people just don't get it. Sure, some may have nice things because they still have some savings left, but many do not. Why are some people so insensitive to say, just because of a few.The rest should not get help. The fact is their are not enough jobs to go around. Most people don't want a hand out, but a hand up. In short they want to work.
I am up hauled at some of the comments displayed here regarding over 5 million American 99ers families. I don't know when or where the individual witnessed a 99er accepting toys with a cell phone in hand, a new vehicle and cable t.v. I could only assume that it was Christmas time last year. Ironically the 99ers would have still been receiving unemployment checks at that time. The plight of these forgotten American began 8 months ago or less, and toy distribution would not have yet commenced. The 99ers represents those who have worked all of their lives and who have fallen victim to the greed of Corporate America and the Financial Instructions. They are trying to raise their family in dignity to the best of their ability. Theirs are the jobs who were sent overseas or were layed off because companies desire to hold on to their profits; hence they cut the human resource. 99ers are your brother, your sister, your father, your mother, your friend. 99ers are those who have committed suicide or have fallen ill due to the stress and the strain of a Congress who turned their backs on them and threw them off of a benefit that they so drastically needed. I pray that people who rash judge the 99er American would do their research on this American tragedy before flagrantly spewing untruths.
Zepeta almost got it right – 99ers are the unemployed dropping off of the unemployment rolls and stranglng charitable systems.
Some commenters are so venemous. They're just looking for a reason to down people who lost jobs through no fault of their own. Their perception, probably from the lenses of being employed, is that people without jobs are just sitting around eating food stamped purchased bonbons in front of public assistance paid cable television in a government paid home. How wrong they are. 99ers are deseperate to find any kind of work are barely surviving and jailhouse food . Yes, they and their kids eat ramen noodles seasoned with pilfered restaurant ketchup. And yes, they drink koolaid sweetened with leftover maple syrup.
Maybe when you open your christmas presents this year you will think about the children and grandchildren of these 99ers. Maybe you'll see the tears running down their faces, visualize them wrapped in blankets to ward off the cold because they don't have heat or a fancy feast awaiting them because the holiday table is bare. maybe you can also see the boxes ready for removal because the home they sit in may not be theirs next month.
Maybe, just maybe you'll say a litte prayer for them and their parents who want to work but can't find a job. But then again, why should you care? You have your job, a little change in the bank and the prospect of a happy holiday season.
Isn't it wonderful to be so callous?
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