Elections provide a chance to spark new discussions about national priorities. In 2016, candidates must talk to voters about their plans to end hunger.
Hunger and poverty are serious issues affecting millions of people around the country and across the globe. More than 48 million Americans — including seniors, children, veterans, people with disabilities and working families — live in homes that struggle to put enough food on the table. Around the world, 795 million people experience hunger on a daily basis.
The consequences of this hunger are disastrous. When people don't get consistent nutrition, it leads to long-term, expensive consequences including chronic disease and impaired development. Hunger leads to decreased productivity at work and learning loss at school. It is a massive obstacle to people trying to break the cycle of poverty.
It doesn't have to be this way.
This is a solvable problem. Ending hunger in Baltimore, across the United States and worldwide is possible, but it requires strong commitment and leadership from our elected officials, especially the next U.S. president. In 2016, we have a chance to refocus attention and make ending hunger and poverty a higher political priority.
This election season, I am urging Republicans and Democrats alike to join the Vote to End Hunger movement. We will ask presidential candidates to share their plans around ending hunger. We will also urge the media to question candidates about their plans. The bottom line is that we must not tolerate hunger. It's time to act.
Fran Troxler, Columbia