Today ended the food stamp challenge. Of course, I'm grateful to have more food, more choices, more freedom. It's nice not to worry if we have enough food left for dinner. But there is plenty of worry left for the millions of people whose situation didn't end this morning. I want you to know that Jim and I read your stories, heard your desperation and frustration and took it all to heart. And I want you to know, our commitment to helping does not end with the challenge. That commitment has only been strengthened and re-energized, thanks to you.
The food stamp challenge was for a week, but we're in fight for the long haul. I know Jim has been fighting to make sure people's basic food needs are met since he was elected and will continue to do all can he can make sure the spotlight shines there and stays there. This is just one attempt of many to increase the awareness and understanding of decision makers and the public at large. I glad it had some success in getting people to stop, think, talk and comment.
Hunger in America is real. People are hurting and need help. Yes, hunger is only one piece of the problem of deprivation, but it's one we can solve.
Thanks again for your stories, advice and wisdom. We'll continue to read them in the days ahead so I hope you'll feel free to continue to post.