I'm sure that Sen. Mitch McConnell does not think about where his next meal is coming from. And I know that the senator does not go to bed hungry. Ever.
But for many Kentuckians, food insecurity is all too real. In our state, many households still struggle to put food on the table. As of January 2013, some 876,000 Kentucky residents, or 20 percent of the state population, used the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and more than 38 percent of all SNAP participants are in families with elderly or disabled members. Also, some 16.4 percent of households struggle to afford a nutritionally adequate diet.
So when the 2013 Farm Bill was being debated last May, Sen. McConnell voted for an amendment to cut $4.1 billion from SNAP over 10 years. Thankfully, that amendment was defeated.
Sen. McConnell would have us believe that folks who receive SNAP benefits are lazy lay-abouts. The truth is that many of the SNAP recipients are the 28,000 veterans who depend on them for food and the thousands of laid off coal miners in eastern Kentucky. In point of fact, the average monthly SNAP benefits in Kentucky in 2012 was $127.43 and the average monthly SNAP benefit per person per meal was $1.42. I very much doubt that Sen. McConnell could feed himself very well for $4.26 per day.
All this is food for thought when it comes time to vote for who will represent us in the U.S. Senate for the next six years. I say it is time for change and come November I will be voting for Alison Lundergan Grimes.
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