"Republican governors chose to let some kids go hungry this summer..."
"15 Republican governors chose not to sign up for the program, which would provide up to $120 per school-age child for each month of summer, supplementing the free or reduced-price lunches they receive during the school year. The governors’ choice will leave an estimated 8 million children less certain that there will be enough for them to eat each day. There’s something particularly cruel about a decision to willfully deprive millions of parents the comfort of knowing that their child won’t go to bed hungry." - MSNBC
It takes a BIG man (pun intended) to deprive kids of food in order to score political points. Which counties will suffer the most? Which communities will be hurt the most? Black? Hispanic? Native American? Find out on this map which also has children living poverty by county, along with the Republican officials behind this cruel scheme to keep kids hungry.
Understand the MAGA politics of starvation
This map shows the number of children living in poverty for every county in America thanks to data from esri. The number of White, Hispanic, Black, Asian and Native American children is also shown. The Republican Governor responsible for refusing Federal Aid to feed hungry kids is also shown along with their phone number. Clicking on the phone number automatically dials their office. Use the map bookmarks to zoom in quickly to the state you are interested in.
Remember: it is your tax payer dollars that pay the salaries of politicians who are paid to represent your interests - and not the interests of their billionaire donors. Should the politicians you are paying, be making decisions that force your kids to go hungry to bed?
Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children
The Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children, or Summer EBT, is an outgrowth of a food security program launched during the Covid-19 pandemic. The bipartisan budget deal struck in 2022 made the program permanent, providing funding for parents with incomes below the federal poverty line to receive $40 per month for each kid in school. The USDA said on Wednesday that it estimates that the program will “serve close to 21 million children, providing a total of nearly $2.5 billion in grocery benefits” starting in June.
This kind of policy should seem like a slam-dunk for any state politician. Summer EBT is fully federally funded, requires no buy-in from state governments, and augments other assistance like summer meal programs and private food banks. Yet the GOP-led administrations in Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Wyoming said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” - MSNBC
Take Away: Your tax dollars pay the salaries of politicians meant to represent you. If you're fed up of your kids being hungry, vote Republicans out and elect a Democrat next time.
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