This idea of cutting nutrition programs to struggling families seems an odd way of working toward balancing a budget. Sorry grandma, that help you have been getting so that you can eat has been dropped, so maybe you can just eat less often? Sorry kids, we won’t be won’t be eating tonight. It will be 4 more days until we can visit a food pantry and we only have food enough for 3.
Does this sound like an extreme example to you? Well guess what, it’s reality for 74,000 people in East Central Indiana. If these cuts go through the impact will be much more profound than the Great Recession created, which was only a 46 percent increase in need for food assistance.
Tim Kean is executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana. His column appears the third Sunday of each month. He can be reached at email@example.com.