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Why Share Our Strength Is Fasting | Billy Shore

06 Apr Posted by in Tony Hall's Blog | Comments Off
Why Share Our Strength Is Fasting | Billy Shore

Here on the blog last week, Mike McKenna shared that hunger leaders were organizing a hunger fast to protest proposed budget cuts to nutrition and other social and human services. David Beckmann from Bread for the World and Tony Hall from the Alliance to End Hunger have been leading the fast, and many, including The New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, have joined.

Vicki Escarra at Feeding America and I announced today that we will join the fast and encourage our network of supporters to do the same on a rolling basis. Many of our staff at Share Our Strength are also participating.

Consider that of the 47 million Americans who live below the poverty line, 19 million live in extreme poverty. That’s $7,500 a year for a family of three or $11,500 a year for a family of four. It is hard to imagine a more dire set of circumstances, and a more compelling reason for bold action. If you are interested in joining us, it would add powerfully to the voices being raised on behalf of those most voiceless.

Fasting is a personal decision, but the real power of a fast is that it brings urgency to an issue that is often overlooked. Whether you choose to fast or to spread the word to friends and colleagues, write elected officials or local media to tell them we are participating in this effort, we can stand together to say we can do better for America’s children.

Billy Shore is the founder and executive director of Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America. Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength that provides strategic counsel to foundations and nonprofit organizations interested in creating community wealth — resources generated through profitable enterprise to promote social change.