The poor fight each other to entertain the rich in the Hunger Games. Poor Americans struggle to survive while the rich thrive on tax cuts in the real American Hunger Games.
President Biden expands Food Stamp program to help needy Americans.
Politicians decide how to spends tax payer money. Tax cuts for the rich? Food for needy Americans? Judge politicians by what they do, not what they say.
President Biden has just expanded the Food Stamps program to help millions of Americans, and not just an already privileged few.
The Food Stamp program was set up in 1964 to help the needy and sadly, one in eight Americans still rely on the program. 42 million Americans do not have enough to eat. This blog explains:
- Where poverty and hunger are the worst in America?
- How does the Food Stamp program work?
- Where will these expanded benefits help the most?
- What is an Electronic Benefits Card and how does someone get one?
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The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is a series of young adult dystopian novels written by the American author Suzanne Collins. The series is set in the Hunger Games universe, with the first three novels being a trilogy following teenage protagonist Katniss Everdeen. The dystopia is set in Panem, a North American country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 13 districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, children from the first 12 districts are selected via lottery to participate in a compulsory televised battle royale death match called The Hunger Games.
The real American Hunger Games
How are Republicans are changing America to Panem where only the rich thrive?
Cutting COVID stimulus payments for the needy
Showering tax cuts on billionaire donors
Slashing unemployment benefits
Denying poor and rural communities healthcare benefits
Blocking investments in infrastructure that would help all Americans
Putting the poor in jail and forcing them to work as slave labor
Refusing to fix contaminated water supplies for the poor
Favoring rich landlords over the poor who are getting evicted
Denying Americans their right to vote in order to improve their lives
Hunger stalks America
Millions of children and families face hunger and food insecurity (Feeding America)
42 million people may experience food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic has most impacted families that were already facing hunger or one paycheck away.
More than 35 million people in the United States experienced hunger in 2019.
More than 10 million children live in food-insecure households.
Every community in the country is home to families who face hunger including rural and suburban communities.
Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs visit a food bank.
The rates of food insecurity are much higher for African American, Latino, and Native American families.
How this infographic was created
I created this digital story with the free StoryMaps app in about six hours using:
- Data from the American Community Survey (ACS) on the poverty level by county
- Information from Feeding America was used to map the Food Insecurity level by county
- Details on the Food Stamps program, SNAP and EBT were obtained from Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Low Income Relief, EBT Card Balance Now and Food Stamps (SNAP) Program Eligibility
- News headlines from the NY Times and SNOPES
- Images from Hunger Games and Pixabay