The Common Good

Congress may cut aid to poor as food prices soar

Source: Politico
Date: November 1, 2011


Charities and religious groups won’t be able to fill the chasm if food stamps are underfunded, said Jim Wallis, a noted author and theologian who runs the social justice organization Sojourners.
Only 6 percent of nutritional assistance comes from charities, so a similar-sized reduction in government funding would offset their efforts, he said.
“Churches are overstretched because their folks are struggling,” Wallis said. “Neither party has made poverty or poor people a priority.”