In President Obama’s State of the Union address last night he asserted that American children really do matter to our nation’s top politicians. “I want our actions to tell every child, in every neighborhood — your life matters, and we are as committed to improving your life chances as we are for our own kids.”
2015 was supposed to be the year when America ended its child hunger crisis. That was the promise then-president-elect Barack Obama made during his first campaign in 2008.
At the start of 2009, the Obama administration began to look into what it would take to end child hunger. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture were put to the test as they hosted listening sessions in each region to hear from experts and people who knew hunger firsthand.
Tangela Fedrick, a mother of two young children and member of Witnesses to Hunger, testified at one of those hearings. “I am one of the millions families that doesn’t have enough money for food, so I count” she said. “But I am not just a number. My children and I are human beings.”
When our dispossessed brothers and sisters must demand to be considered human, and remind the powers that be that they matter, we, as a society, have failed miserably. This should haunt each and every one of us.