The Wrong Way on Hunger

Jun 13, 2016
Pelosi Update

A Moral Responsibility
In the United States of America – the greatest nation on earth – one in five children go to sleep hungry. Nearly 140,000 San Franciscans are food insecure every day, and many of them are children, seniors, and veterans. In our city over 50,000 people from all walks of life rely on food stamps to make it through the month.

That any child faces hunger is an outrage – a searing challenge to the conscience of our country. Congress has a moral responsibility to ensure that no child goes hungry in America, and that’s why Democrats passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010. But now, Republicans are attempting to weaken nutrition standards and eliminate the guarantee of school meals for three million low-income students across America.
 

Nancy Pelosi
@NancyPelosi

We must #SaveSchoolMeals from the #WrongWay GOP attack & ensure no child goes hungry in America.
 
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House Republicans recently unveiled a ‘wrong way’ poverty agenda that demonizes hungry families who are just trying to feed their children. They have no right to nickel and dime hungry children, while asking nothing of millionaires and corporations shipping jobs overseas. Congress needs to come together on policies that lift struggling families out of poverty – not punish them.
 

Summer Meals
All summer long, the City of San Francisco provides free lunches and free snacks to anyone under the age of 18 at over 100 places all across the city, including at the San Francisco Public Library and at San Francisco public schools.


PROMESA Act
Three million of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are facing a devastating fiscal and public debt emergency that threatens their economy, their communities and their families. This week, Congress passed the PROMESA Act to give Puerto Rico the tools it needs to emerge from this crisis. House Democrats recognize how important it is for Puerto Rico to survive and flourish – and we express our gratitude to the people of Puerto Rico for the vitality they bring to the United States.
 

                                                                                     My office was recently contacted by a constituent who is raising her three children on her own, while her husband had been waiting in his home country for an immigrant visa interview. Although my constituent expected to wait at least 5 months for the initial immigrant petition to be approved, following the approval of the petition several months passed without any contact from the State Department as to when an interview would be scheduled. This was causing my constituent severe financial hardship as she could not both work and raise her three children at the same time. After contacting my office, my staff conveyed the details of my constituent’s situation to the State Department along with financial documentation provided by my constituent. After considerable deliberation, the U.S. Embassy scheduled an interview for my constituent’s husband. Shortly after the interview, the visa was issued, and my constituent will soon be reunited with her husband and have the support needed to raise their children together.

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Sincerely,
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Member of Congress