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Call to Candidates: Let's Talk About Hunger, Poverty

Advocates say the presidential candidates have been ignoring the issue of poverty and hunger in America. (
Advocates say the presidential candidates have been ignoring the issue of poverty and hunger in America. (
October 10, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The presidential candidates in two formal debates and on the campaign trial have talked about jobs and the economy, immigration and keeping America secure, but advocates say the candidates aren't discussing what they'll do to end hunger and poverty in this country.

Eric Miller, director of government relations for the Christian citizens’ movement Bread for the World, says those issues have been avoided completely, and he says he can't understand that because they have an impact on so many people.

"You don't lose an election by addressing hunger and poverty in this country,” he states. “There's 42 million Americans who are living in households where they're wondering where they are going to get their next meal day by day.

“This is something that impacts all of us, no matter where you live, no matter what your racial background."

Miller says his group has been rallying religious leaders around the country to make their voices heard to national, state, and local candidates so hunger and poverty can be covered in the final presidential debate.

Miller encourages people to speak up before the election next month.

"Whether it's presidential candidates or the senatorial candidates or congressional candidates, letting them know that there's something that we want you guys to focus on and asking them very specific: 'If you're elected or if you're re-elected, what are you going to do to end hunger?’” he states. “’What are you going to do to alleviate poverty?' "

Miller says everyone should be concerned about poverty because if someone doesn't have enough to eat that person can turn to crime, and that has an impact on the entire country.

"So if a person is really unable to find affordable housing, if a person is unable to purchase food for themselves and their families, how are they going to help move themselves and their family out of hunger and poverty?” he asks. “All these issues are hunger issues, and we need to start addressing that and, more importantly, making these politicians aware."

The final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is Oct. 19 in Las Vegas.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD