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Edwards Urges Action to Fund Food Programs

Posted November 21, 2007

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— Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, in his fight against domestic hunger, called on Congress Wednesday to take immediate action to fund programs that provide food services for millions.

"This is an issue that we can actually do something about," Edwards said.

He announced the plan shortly before a scheduled appearance at a food bank in Carrboro.

"What we're doing is encouraging Americans to take action," Edwards told WRAL's Bruce Mildwurf.

Edwards' proposal urges Congress to pass a farm bill that would provide food stamps and support food banks.

The former North Carolina senator said he would help low-income children get more access to healthy meals and support programs that provide meals for the elderly.

More than 35.5 million people in the United States went hungry in 2006, according to a Department of Agriculture study.

With the Iowa caucus less than a month and a half away, it is a busy time for Edwards.

"I'll be working virtually everyday. I may take a few hours here and there, but it's a brutal schedule," Edwards said.

The latest Iowa polls show presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Edwards within eight percentage points.

"Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina all are crucial to all of us," Edwards said.

Edwards won't take part in Michigan's presidential primary. He was one of five Democrats who pulled out when the state announced its move to January. Clinton was the only front-runner who remained on the ballot.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 22, 2007

    Round up all of the illegal aliens and deport them. Then force able bodied people who don't have jobs on government assistance to take the jobs that the illegal aliens use to have and take away their government assistance.

    You can drive through poor areas during the day and see lots of able bodied people sitting on porches and standing around. Let's force them to take a job and then take away their government assistance.

    This will save the government a significant amount of money and reduce the taxes for those who work for a living instead of sitting around on their behinds.

  • colliedave Nov 21, 2007

    I'll be working virtually everyday. I may take a few hours here and there, but it's a brutal schedule," Edwards said

    Looking good requires so much work. Hunger is just a platitude for poiticians rather than a real problem. If someone is hungry it is own fault. Compared to the third-world we do not have a hunger problem. We have a work ethics problem.

  • melmika Nov 21, 2007

    He's trying to do so much to help this country that he didn't want to do when he was our Senator.

  • FloydRTurbo Nov 21, 2007

    John Who?

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 21, 2007

    Here's a food program...don't have several kids you can't support, get a job (and stay out of jail), take that money from your job to the grocery store and buy food.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 21, 2007

    Yes even as I type this, John is out there harvesting crops so he can send them off to the starving masses. He is fighting off hordes of wild beasts to make sure you get your fresh fruits and Vegetables. Thank you John, what would we do without people like you that love so much to spend taxpayers money. You get em John.