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Paul Ryan: It Takes More than Love to Fill a Lunch Bag

Mar 10, 2014 | By Shantha Ready Alonso


Paul Ryan told a story at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that was offensive to loving parents who struggle to feed their kids. Tell him the policy solutions that ensure kids won't go hungry.
Rep. Ryan was talking about his belief that government nutrition assistance programs are ineffective. To make his point, he shared a story: 
"The left is making a big mistake here. What they're offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul. The American people want more than that. This reminds me of a story I heard from Eloise Anderson... She once met a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. He told Eloise he didn't want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand."
NETWORK agrees that it would be wonderful for every child to go to school with a full lunch bag lovingly packed by a caregiver. Yet, Rep. Ryan has been a powerful voice in Congress for cutting programs that help parents fill their kids' lunch bags. Feeling the squeeze of working full-time on poverty wages or being unable to find a job, many parents who love their children are unable to feed them enough. Many are also trimming their food budgets due to Congress' cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Call on Paul Ryan to support policies that will ensure that kids' lunch bags are full: a just minimum wage, a robust Earned Income Tax Credit, renewed Unemployment Insurance, and restoration of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 
Please forward this email to anyone who you know wishes to hold Paul Ryan accountable. 
In faith,
Shantha Ready Alonso
Field Organizing Manager
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
P.S. If you didn't catch Sister Simone commenting on Rep. Ryan's new report on poverty, you can watch it on MSNBC here.
P.P.S. The Washington Post fact checked the story about the brown bag, and its not even true. The Post ranked it with four Pinnochios. The story came from a book called The Invisible Thread.  

In Summer of 2012, NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus hit the road to confront Paul Ryan for using Catholic Social Teaching to justify cuts to vital nutrition, health, and other social safety net programs. He still doesn't get it. Call him at (202)225-3031.

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