Greater Boston Food Bank

The Boston Globe has a good article about the Greater Boston Food Bank (and, as always, it’s a good time to donate) and this struck me:

Underscoring all this, locally and nationally, is an uptick in need, which the financial crisis made much worse. The Greater Boston Food Bank saw a 23 percent increase in the number of people it served across Eastern Massachusetts from 2005 to 2009, to 545,000 annually. The food bank won’t have firm statistics again until a 2014 study, but the significant rise in food distribution, together with anecdotal reports from local agencies, suggests continued double-digit growth, officials say.

Romney and Republicans like to talk about how Obama is the food stamps President, but note this:

As of 2010, 45 percent of people in Eastern Massachusetts needing food assistance made more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level of $22,050 for a family of four. That doesn’t go far in Boston. “You’re making 45 to 50 grand, and you have a family of four, but you just can’t make it anymore,” D’Amato says.

This points out that one of the reasons for the increase in the problem is that private businesses don’t pay enough for some people to live on, so their solution of getting people jobs doesn’t solve the problem of poverty. The government does need to step in to make sure that everyone has access to their basic needs, but Republicans want to cut those programs. It’s good that they talk about poverty, but it would be even better if they had a plan that did something about it.

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