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29 March, 2022

Republicans cut free school meals for hungry kids but support tax cuts for wealthy donors.

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Republicans oppose school meals for hungry kids but support tax cuts. Mapping the hypocrisy.

Republicans claim to care about education but deny money for school meals. Surprise! You can't learn on an empty stomach.

How do Republicans push for tax cuts to reward their wealthy donors, deny funds for school meals and say they care about education at the same time. Follow the money to understand Republican hypocrisy.

"Kids need healthy meals to succeed... School groups blame Mitch McConnell for blocking funding school meals for 30 million hungry kids." -  Politico

We mapped the number of kids eligible for fee or low cost school meals, the number of children below the poverty line, the 400 richest people in America and the Senators for that state. See how billionaires thrive in America while kids go hungry.

How do Republicans push for tax cuts to reward their wealthy donors, deny funds for school meals and say they care about education at the same time. Follow the money to understand the Republican hypocrisy.
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Feeding the future

The  National School Lunch Program  provides low-cost or free lunches to about 30 million children in 100,000 public and nonprofit private schools (USDA) . "Failure to act will undoubtedly cause students to go hungry and leave school meal programs in financial peril.” -  Beth Wallace, president of SNA

"Republicans in Congress want to let down our children and their parents. Instead of continuing to safely provide meals to students during school and over the summer in the  Omnibus Bill , Republican leadership has said NO and decided that they prefer to let our kids go hungry. This is a disgrace!”, said  Debbie Stabenow , part of Senate Democratic leadership.

Billionaire donors and their Republican Senators

Koch donates to Republican Senator Jerry Moran who blocks funds for school meals while kids go hungry in Kansas

Show the impact of policy decisions

What happens in DC isn't abstract. It decides if your child gets enough to eat at school and what they are allowed to learn. Make it easy for people to see whose interest their Senators really represent. Let people see how many families live in poverty live in their area and how rich is the closest billionaire.

There are two Americas. One for the 1% of the richest who make big donations and dodge paying their fair share of taxes and the other America for the rest of us.

This map has bookmarks which make it easy to jump straight to a Senators state to see the level of hunger, poverty and extreme wealth in that area. This map was created with ArcGIS Online with a special thanks to esri guru, Bern Szukalski for his advice on data sources.

Republicans cater to their wealthy donors and ignore the plight of the needy.

TakeAway: Demand Senators serve the people who elect them, not just donors. Kids shouldn't have to go hungry to fund Republican tax cuts for billionaires.

Deepak
DemLabs

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